Even though he's currently a Baltimore Raven and was very open about his struggles with the upper management of the Seattle Seahawks over the last few seasons, safety Earl Thomas seems to have left his heart in the Pacific Northwest.
Thomas still hopes to retire as a Seahawk and see his No. 29 up in the rafters of CenturyLink Field. He claims that he would never burn bridges and still has a great relationship with his former teammates.
"I envision one day retiring as a Seahawk. I would never burn a bridge there. I still love my teammates. Hopefully they'll hang my jersey in the rafters." -@Earl_Thomas, looking down his football road @Seahawks— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) April 10, 2019
Keep in mind, Thomas skipped practice, citing "investing in myself" as his reasoning, and flipped off Pete Carroll following a season-ending injury. Those are pretty good ways to burn bridges, if that's what you want to do.
Seahawks Nation is split on deciding if they would welcome Thomas back with open arms. Some are willing to forgive and forget...
You'll be in HoF, Ring of Honor, and the rafters. You're one of the greatest Seahawks (and safeties) of all time.— Chris Leeper (@cleep03) April 10, 2019
...while others are a little bit frustrated about how Thomas handled the end of his tenure in Seattle.
You’ve GOT to be kidding.....— Susan Newton (@susanNewton24) April 10, 2019
With the way his final year with the team went, it's pretty ridiculous he's expecting things to be all peachy one day in the future.
Thomas was arguably the best safety in the game for the better part of a decade and an integral part of a Super Bowl team, but it remains to be seen how Seahawks fans receive him in these next few years.