The football world was dealt a surprise on Friday when ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that former NFL safety Earl Thomas texted him, revealing that he's "ready" to come out of retirement for the 2022 NFL season.
A seven-time Pro-Bowler, former Super Bowl champion and member of the NFL 2010's All-Decade Team, Thomas made a career for himself as one of the best safeties of the last decade. Even though he hasn't played a game since 2019, he's only 32 years old and could still have a lot left in the tank.
Here's a look at the three most likely destinations for Thomas if he does come out of retirement.
Earl Thomas Retirement
1. Seattle Seahawks
Thomas' last NFL season may have been played with the Baltimore Ravens, but 125 of his 140 career games were played in a Seattle Seahawks uniform. It would only be fitting for him to come out of retirement to play with the team that drafted him one more time. Seahawks fans don't have much to cheer about as they prepare for a rebuild, which is why signing Thomas would give them something to cheer about. Besides, Seattle could use some help in the secondary after allowing the second-most passing yards in 2021. Who better to help them than one of the core members of the Legion of Boom?
2. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are gearing up for a Super Bowl run and even though their defense is already solid, it could get that much better with a five-time All-Pro defender. While safety Justin Simmons looks to be as dominant as he was last year, the Broncos could certainly upgrade from 34-year-old Kareem Jackson, who allowed a 77.8% completion rate on 36 targets in 15 games (all starts) last year. Thomas is actually a year younger than Jackson and even looked better than the latter the last time we saw him play. Add in Thomas' relationship with quarterback Russell Wilson and it's easy to see why playing for the Broncos could be an attractive option.
3. Dallas Cowboys
Some athletes relish the opportunity to play where they grew up, which is why Thomas might be tempted to play with the Dallas Cowboys — his home state of Texas' best team. The Cowboys tried to trade for him back in 2018, so it's safe to say that there could be some interest already there. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is already more than familiar with the safety, having served on the Seahawks' coaching staff for three of Thomas' first five NFL seasons. The Cowboys had a top-10 scoring defense last year and it could be even better with a rejuvenated Thomas in the fold. Even if he doesn't end up being a starter, his experience alone is enough to give the locker room and younger players a boost.
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