The Seattle Seahawks announced their four-year extension with All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas on Tuesday making him the highest-paid safety in the NFL. The deal is worth $40 million over four years and will keep Thomas in a Seahawks uniform through the 2018 season. The extension includes $27.7 million in guaranteed money.
Thomas, a two-time first-team All-Pro, could have gone into the 2014 season with free agency on the horizon. Instead, Seattle made sure to lock up the most important cog on its defense. Seattle previously locked up coach Pete Carroll with an extension through 2016 and has been talking with cornerback Richard Sherman about a new deal as well. Thomas was Seattle's second-leading tackler last season and added five interceptions.