Seahawks unfazed by Earl Thomas' one-finger salute

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Amid mounting tension over his behavior toward his employers, Earl Thomas broke his leg in Sunday's game against Arizona, an injury that will likely keep him off the field for the rest of the season.

The veteran safety appeared to look at the Seahawks sideline and flip the bird as he exited the team's Week 3 win over the Cardinals, but coach Pete Carroll didn't acknowledge the gesture.

On Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, though, Thomas hurt his leg during the third quarter on a play where the Cardinals scored a touchdown to tie the game.

He singled out the Dallas Cowboys as his preferred destination, but that did not happen. Thomas, though, may never play another down in a Seahawks uniform.

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His frustration boiled over as Thomas was being carted off the field and he gave the middle finger while he left - to his own bench.

"I understand how the Steelers do contracts". If I'm not getting guaranteed money, I want a lot more up front. "Essentially if I sign a four- or five-year deal, I'm playing four or five franchise tags". "It just wasn't. It was going to be about Earl getting his last big deal, feeling totally disrespected that he did not get a third contract from a team that had given him, and he'd earned, nearly $60 million - and he wanted more". Thomas, Seattle's first-round pick in 2010, has been one of the best safeties in the National Football League throughout the decade. And by "cash in", we mean "make a small percentage of their value from multi-billionaire team owners".

Is this how the #Seahawks career of Earl Thomas will end? "If he doesn't come, then he's not a team player", linebacker Bobby Wagner said, referring to what perceptions would have been about Thomas had he continued to hold out.