Seattle, WA, United States (4E Sports) – Earl Thomas became the NFL’s first $10 million-a-year safety after signing a four-year contract extension worth $40 million with the Seattle Seahawks, according to sources.
Earlier, NFL.com reported that Thomas agreed to the extension, which makes him the league’s highest-paid safety in terms of average salary. The deal includes $27.75 million in guaranteed money.
The 24-year-old Thomas recently completed his fourth season with the Seahawks and was named to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year.
Regarded as the best safety in the league, Thomas will make $4.625 million in base salary in the final year of his rookie contract.
Last season, he recorded 105 tackles and five interceptions last season and was one of the top defensive players during Seattle’s run to the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
Former Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd signed a six-year, $54 million contract with New Orleans last month that made him a $9 million-per-year safety. The deal included $28 million in guaranteed money.
Before Thomas’ deal, Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu had the highest average salary of any safety at $9.867 million.