(1090 The Fan) — Former Sports Agent and CBSSports.com analyst Joel Corry joined The Steve Sandmeyer Show Monday mere minutes after word got out that the Seattle Seahawks and free safety Earl Thomas had agreed to a four-year extension worth $40 million. Thomas reportedly will receive $27.725 million guaranteed, and the deal will keep Thomas under contract through the 2018 season.
In true extension form, Thomas’ 2014 cap hit may remain around $5.5 million as previously set. If so, the Seahawks maintain just under $15 million in 2014 salary cap space. That space can be used, in part, for cornerback Richard Sherman, who also is due an extension, and 2014 draft picks. It could also be utilized to secure an extension for one of the linebackers — K.J. Wright or Bobby Wagner — once Sherman’s deal is done, or perhaps even cornerback Byron Maxwell. Quarterback Russell Wilson cannot be extended until after next season. When asked about whether or not he’d look to extend left tackle Russell Okung, Corry’s response was more than interesting.
“That’s the tough one to do for a couple of reasons,” Corry said. “You have the injury question mark, and even though he plays a position which is valued in the NFL, his rookie deal was $48.5 million over six years, that’s an average of a little over $8 million a year, with $29.3 million in guarantees. His thinking is going to be, ‘I should at least get that on the new deal because you paid me that as an unproven commodity.'”
“I think he’s (Okung) going to have to come back and play well this year in order for him to get the type of money he’s probably going to be looking for.”
Bill Swartz asked Corry about restricted free agent Doug Baldwin’s situation and Corry shed some light on how restricted free agency works. “If he hasn’t signed his tender (offer of $2.187 million) by mid-June, Seattle has the right to switch the tender and pay him 100 percent of last year’s salary … I’d say Baldwin will play at his tender.”
Corry also opined that Baldwin isn’t likely to get a long-term deal from the Seahawks, provided Percy Harvin, the club’s big ticket wide receiver, remains healthy.
Will the Seahawks keep their linebackers? If they can only keep one, which one is most likely to stay? Cory answers that question and hints at what to watch for in the draft for the Seahawks.
Check out the entire conversation here: