One quick note on Aaron Rodgers and his potential contract extension.
Based on what I’m hearing, there’s no reason to believe Rodgers won’t sign an extension this summer or that it won’t make him the highest-paid player in the league.
At this point, it’d be a shock if it didn’t get done.
One of my favorite things that happens during the offseason went slightly unnoticed this week: a Super Bowl guarantee. This one came from Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram on Monday:
We [haven’t] been to the playoffs for a while. I think it’s going to be crazy. This Super Bowl we’re going to win; we’re ready. We’re grinding. We’re just going to keep grinding. We’re going to grind, grind, grind, grind, grind, grind, grind no matter what. That’s what our main objective goal is, to win a Super Bowl. Keep fighting. Keep playing. Keep grinding. No matter what. That’s the goal: We’ve got to bring a Super Bowl to the city.
But what I do understand is this: the glaring dichotomy of the league’s tremendous efforts to rehab someone who obstructed justice in a murder vs. the league’s treatment of Colin and Eric.
Two days after three-time All-Pro safety Earl Thomas announced via tweet that he does not intend to attend minicamp or any OTAs until his contract situation is resolved, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll responded with regret.
I’m just disappointed that he’s not here and all that, Carroll told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. But we’ll let it play itself out.
When asked if he expects Thomas to be a member of the Seahawks in 2018, Carroll told Pelissero, I’m hoping so. He’s under contract.
Thomas is under contract, but it’s an expiring contract that pays a base salary of $8.5 million.
In attempt to make more money or force a trade, Thomas will lose money because of this holdout. Players under contract who skip mandatory minicamp are subject to fines of $14,070 for the first day missed, $28,150 for the second day, and $42,215 for the third day totaling $84,435.
Carroll said during OTAs that he expected everybody to show up to Seattle’s mandatory minicamp. Thanks to Thomas, that was not the case Tuesday.
When news broke last month about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow states outside Nevada to legalize sports betting, many assumed the NFL would immediately become infatuated with finding a way to monetize that opportunity.