Earl Thomas ends holdout, but says ‘the disrespect has been noted’

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RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is ending his lengthy holdout in time for the start of the regular season, despite the fact he hasn’t come to terms on a new contract.

During a conference call with media in Denver ahead of the Seahawks’ season opener against the Broncos on Sunday, Carroll said “we’ll let you know” later whether Thomas will play in that game.

“There’s all kinds of stuff,” Carroll reportedly said. “I don’t know what kind of shape he’s in. We’ll figure it out.”

Thomas posted to Instagram on Wednesday morning, saying he’s never let his “teammates, city or fans down as long as I have lived and don’t plan to start this weekend.”

Thomas also expressed his frustration with the Seahawks not honoring his requests for either a contract extension or to be traded.

Thomas wrote, “The disrespect has been noted and will not be forgotten.”

Thomas is entering the final year of his contract and he held out from Seattle’s entire offseason program, mandatory minicamp and training camp. He has sought certainty over his long-term future and used social media to make his case during the offseason.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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