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Earl Thomas Jokingly Urged Cowboys to Come Get Him

In an odd exchange following the Seattle and Dallas game on Sunday, Seattle free agent Earl Thomas approached Dallas head coach Jason Garrett and urged him to acquire the defender if he became available.

The comment by Thomas to Garrett followed the Seahawks 21-12 win at Dallas that kept Seattle’s hopes alive for the playoffs. Cameras showed the Seattle safety running to Garrett and telling the Dallas coach to come get him if the team gets the chance.

Later in the locker room, Thomas confirmed he said that to Garrett but then clarified that he did not mean necessarily at any time soon. The Seattle safety was raised in Orange, Texas and has often talked previously about what it means to play against a team he cheered for while growing up.

Thomas said he was headed to the locker rooms to speak to Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant and saw Garrett. He added that when he told Garrett to come and get him he did not literally mean now, as he is still in his prime and wants to remain in Seattle but when the team was ready to release him then he wanted Dallas to pick him up.

Thomas told reporters that Garrett did not say much to him in response. The Seattle safety wanted to speak to Bryant, who is a close friend, just to tell him had played well.

Thomas has played his entire NFL career in Seattle, who drafted him in 2010 in the first round. Following the Seattle win in Super Bowl XLVIII, Thomas signed an extension for four years and $40 million with the Seahawks.

The extension made him at the time, the highest paid NFL safety and it runs through the end of the 2018 season.

When asked whether he has received any indication Seattle might not want to re-sign him, Thomas said, while laughing that he did not know, but if they didn’t then could the Cowboys come after him.

Thomas added that he is happy at Seattle, adding that he loved it there, as this is the place where he started and built his resume. He said he has Richard Sherman and Kim Chancellor and does not want to leave them or the team.

The Seattle free safety was named recently name to the Pro Bowl for this sixth time and during his career has been picked first-team All-Pro on three occasions.

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