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NFL: Thomas to return to Seahawks

West Orange-Stark graduate Earl Thomas announced Wednesday that he would end his months-long holdout with the Seattle Seahawks.

In an Instagram post, Thomas, 29, wrote with a photo of him sitting on a bench press set:

“I worked my whole life for this….. I’ve never let me teammate, city or fans down as long as I’ve lived and don’t plan on starting this weekend. With that being said, the disrespect has been well noted and will not be forgotten. Father Time may have an undefeated record but best believe I plan on taking him into triple overtime when it comes to my career.”

ESPN.com reported Wednesday that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes it’s too early to tell whether Thomas would start Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos. The Dallas Cowboys had increased their trade offer to Thomas to a second-round pick, according to the article, but the Seahawks were looking for more in return.

Thomas graduated from West Orange-Stark in 2007 and is entering his ninth season in the NFL, all with Seattle. The former University of Texas Longhorn was seeking an upgrade to a reported four-year, $40 million contract. This is the final season of Thomas’ contract.

He faced fines of up to $40,000 through the first five days of training camp and 15 percent of a signing bonus proration afterward, according to an earlier ESPN story.

— I.C. Murrell

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I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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