When you think Seattle Seahawks, you think about the “Legion of Boom” that is their unbelievable secondary. Super Bowl XLVIII was won on Sunday by the Seahawks, mainly because of the way this group of guys shut down an all-time great in Peyton Manning and the number one offense in the league.
Both cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas could very well be labeled as the best in all of football at their respective positions, and each were in talks for the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award which was handed out last Saturday.
Sherman’s play, in his first three seasons, has been unmatched. He has 20 interceptions in that time span, most of anyone in the league since 2011. He also boasted the worst overall passer rating of opposing quarterbacks this past season, proving that he is a very, very dangerous player to throw at.
Thomas, on the other hand, is virtually everywhere on the field. He is one of the guys you will likely see toward the end of every single play. He is the field general of that group in the secondary, if you will. His vision, ability to read the quarterback and hard-hitting mentality make him one of the most feared defensive backs in the league.
This offseason will be a crucial one for Seattle, as both of these guys enter the final year of their contracts. The Seahawks will reportedly re-sign pass rusher Michael Bennett, which will require a fairly hefty deal as he was the team leader in sacks. That doesn’t leave much money to work with in terms of extending both Sherman and Thomas, however.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team is going to prioritize Thomas’ extension first — leaving Sherman’s future with the team in question. Seattle may not end up working out a deal to tack on some more years to Sherman’s stay in the blue and green, meaning he could wind up hitting free agency in 2015. Believe me, that’s the last thing Seattle would want to see. If Sherman hits the open market, the bidding will sky high.
If Seattle is to be able to bring back Sherman as well, they may need to make some cuts or, ‘cap casualties,’ as they say. There is no doubt that Sherman is a vital piece to this defense, but the Seahawks will make their prized safety a top priority even over the best corner in the game.