As the Legion of Boom seemingly goes bust, is Earl Thomas a looming casualty? The question is on the minds of Seahawks fans as they fear the further unraveling of one of the truly elite NFL secondaries of all time.
Thomas is coming off his sixth Pro-Bowl season and likely is on his way to the Hall of Fame, but his $10 million-per-year contract expires after the 2018 season. He wants an extension and has not reported to the Seahawks’ “voluntary” offseason program. When mandatory minicamp arrives June 12, Thomas can be fined if he’s absent without permission. And player holdouts get even uglier during training camp, which is around the corner.
During my GM days, I dealt with plenty of holdouts with all kinds of end results. The key is to stay patient. As the situation unfolds, keep open the lines of communication with the player and his agent.
That’s why Minnesota was awarded Super Bowl 52 in 2018, after all. With weather also being a factor when the NFL considers future Super Bowl locations, brand-new and climate-controlled U.S. Bank Stadium was the reason “Bold North” was possible. The league wanted to show off the impressive stadium during America’s most-watch sporting event.
That will be the case again in 2019, when the Super Bowl will be played in yet another new stadium. Here are the sites the NFL has pinned as future Super Bowl locations.
Super Bowl 53 will take place at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a one-of-a-kind venue and home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
Completed just in time for the 2017 football season, Mercedes-Benz Stadium seats 71,000 people but can expand to seat more than 80,000. It’s equipped with a uniquely designed retractable roof, which, if closed, hopefully Cheap Patriots Jerseys won’t be leaking by Cheap Retro Jerseys the time the Super Bowl arrives in 2019.