BOB, GROZ AND TOM

Practicality should rule for Seahawks in deciding if they’ll trade Earl Thomas

Jan 30, 2018, 10:39 AM | Updated: 12:59 pm
The Seahawks could get a jump on rebuilding by trading All-Pro safety Earl Thomas. (AP)...
The Seahawks could get a jump on rebuilding by trading All-Pro safety Earl Thomas. (AP)
(AP)

It is really easy to look at our station poll and ask how the majority of people want the Seahawks to keep Earl Thomas. Have they learned nothing from Felix Hernandez, Kam Chancellor and others who signed deals in their prime that looked bad just a few seasons later?

O’Neil: Hawks won’t be better trading Earl, but they might have to

I asked that question myself because the idea of the Seahawks trading Earl feels somewhat obvious to me. I would do it if I was John Schneider. I would try to maximize the value back, avoid a messy holdout, and get a jump start on the rebuild that started this offseason.

I think Schneider should (and will) do exactly that.

I may be a little jaded – at least that’s what people tell me. Personally, I think it’s just practical, but for many fans those two words are synonymous.

Practicality rules the day for me, but I’m not sure I think all fans should ever get to that point. Yes, I think it is in the best interest of the team to make a difficult decision that would keep them competitive longer and make their next championship that much closer to reality. I also know, however, that fans get attached to players and don’t have to necessarily be ready to support anything that ships that player out of town.

I guess this might be one of those times where the interest of fans just isn’t in line with the best interest of a front office. The front office is right because its job is to win. The fans are also right because their job can be to fall in love and stay loyal to their favorites.

So I don’t expect those 49 percent of fans to change their tune and support an Earl Thomas trade overnight. But I do hope they start preparing themselves for that possibility, because it seems increasingly likely.

Ross Tucker on Russell Wilson: ‘I’ve never seen a QB do what he does’

Bob, Groz and Tom

Seahawks RB Chris Carson...
Brent Stecker

Heaps: Bench Chris Carson? Seahawks need him running to make playoffs

Seahawks running back Chris Carson is struggling with fumbles, and it's imperative he corrects the issue, says Jake Heaps. "If this team is going to go to the playoffs, they have to have Chris Carson running the football."
3 years ago
The Groz at T-Mobile Park...
Brent Stecker

Watch: The Groz throws out the 1st pitch before Mariners-Astros game

Dave "The Groz" Grosby was honored by the Mariners on Tuesday night by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Check out video, photos and more from his big night here.
3 years ago
Bob, Groz and Tom...
SeattleSports.com Staff

Highlights from The Groz’s last show on Bob, Groz and Tom

Dave "The Groz" Grosby signed off as a full-time Seattle sports radio host Friday on Bob, Groz and Tom with visits from several notable names from his career.
3 years ago
The Groz...
SeattleSports.com Staff

Watch: Members of the Seattle sports media pay tribute to The Groz

Watch a special tribute to 710 ESPN Seattle's The Groz featuring messages from members of the Seattle sports media to commemorate his 29 years as a daily host in the market.
3 years ago
The Groz...
Brent Stecker

The Groz’s final show on Bob, Groz and Tom airs Friday at noon

Dave "The Groz" Grosby will finish up his 29-year career as a daily Seattle sports radio host on Friday from noon to 3 p.m. on 710 ESPN Seattle's Bob, Groz and Tom.
3 years ago
Mariners OF Kyle Lewis...
Brent Stecker

What sets Mariners OF Kyle Lewis apart from other prospects?

Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis hit his fifth home run in eight games in the big leagues on Wednesday. ROOT Sports analyst Mike Blowers talked to Bob, Groz and Tom about Lewis and what makes him stand out.
3 years ago
Practicality should rule for Seahawks in deciding if they’ll trade Earl Thomas