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Earl Thomas tells the Seahawks “Pay Me or Trade Me”

Earl Thomas wants to be paid, and does not care what team gives him a check

Earl Thomas wrote a nice article for the Players Tribune and he talked about his stance on the entire hold-out situation going on with the Seahawks. His demands are simple, pay me or trade me.

“I’m asking the Seahawks to do one of two things: Offer me an extension. Or trade me to a team that wants me to be part of their future,” Thomas wrote Thursday.

“In the end, it’s like I said: If the Seahawks don’t intend on having me around for the long-term, then I understand,” Thomas wrote. “And if they want to start over and rebuild, then that’s their right — it’s part of the business. It’s not what I want … but I get it. All I ask, though, is that if that’s the case, and they don’t want me anymore — just please trade me to an organization that does.

“Please trade me to a team that wants me, so I can give my all to them for the rest of my career.”

It sounds like Thomas is serious about his hold out. He wants to be paid, and he would not be upset if the Seahawks were the team that paid him, but at the end of the day he wants a pay raise.

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