Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner would love it if Earl Thomas showed up. But he understands perfectly why he hasn’t so far, and supports his teammate’s efforts to get a new contract.
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Via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, Wagner said during a radio interview on KJR (with former Seahawk Cliff Avril) that the business realities of the NFL made him sympathetic to Thomas’ plight. The decorated safety has stayed away from all offseason workouts, and skipped the team’s mandatory minicamp.

I mean, I don’t know. It’s up to him and management to figure that out, Wagner said. You don’t want to get into a person’s contract. . . Womens Mark McGwire Jersey . At the end of the day, they are trying to figure out a way to best provide for their family. You are involved, to a certain extent, but he’s trying to take care of his family. And you want him to put himself in the best position to take care of his family. So whatever that looks like, whatever that is, that’s between him and the management.

Do I hope comes? I do. I hope he comes. But I’m not necessarily focused on that, because I understand both sides. I understand wanting him here. And I understand the business aspect, which is not good for players. Like, we have contracts that don’t necessarily favor us all the time. So you have to do what’s right for you.

Of course, there’s also the possibility the Seahawks trade Thomas (that chatter hasn’t died down), and let someone else deal with the contractual unpleasantness. And if that happens, they’ll say it was just business.

If Butler puts together another All-Star-caliber season, he stands to make even more money next summer because the league’s salary cap is expected to rise.

This is not the first time Butler has decided Anthony Sherman Jersey to turn down a lucrative extension. Before the 2014-15 season, he declined to sign a four-year deal worth close to $44 million with the Chicago Bulls. At the time, Butler believed he could make even more money with another big year. He was correct, as he won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2014-15, and signed a max extension the ensuing summer worth over $90 million.

Jimmy’s taking some gamble here, too, Taylor said. That he won’t get injured or that for some reason or another, he has a bad year. Both of us are taking some risk. I think the main thing is we have to play really well this year and be very competitive, and I think Jimmy, as other star players, will want to play on a team that does well and has the potential of doing better.