Earl Thomas is the latest member of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to be locked up for the future.
The best free safety in the NFL is getting rewarded quite well.
Thomas and the Seahawks reached agreement Monday on a $40 million, four-year contract extension with just over $27.7 million guaranteed, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement.
The agreement was first reported by NFL.com.
Thomas, a two-time first-team All-Pro, could have gone into the 2014 season with free agency on the horizon. Instead, Seattle made sure to keep the most important cog of its defense through the 2018 season.
It’s the latest move in a strong off-season for the defending champions. While there were losses in free agency and difficult roster decisions with expensive veterans released, Seattle re-signed defensive end Michael Bennett before free agency began, then locked up coach Pete Carroll with an extension through 2016.
• The Seahawks hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland as a consultant for the team through the 2014 draft.
Ireland was the Dolphins’ general manager for six seasons before he left the team in January following a tumultuous 2013 season for Miami, which was rocked by a bullying scandal and a December collapse that cost the team a playoff berth.
COURTS: Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded no contest to a lesser charge after blaming knee and ankle surgeries for not performing a field sobriety test during a traffic stop last year.
Kosar had been charged with drunken-driving in September, but on Monday he entered a plea to reckless operation and received a fine and suspended jail sentence.
• Chicago Bears wide receiver Josh Morgan was arrested and charged with punching a man outside a Washington nightclub.
DC police spokesman Officer Paul Metcalf confirmed Monday night that a man named Josh Morgan was arrested early Sunday and charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor.
Morgan agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago last week.
RAMS: Exercised the fifth-year contract option on All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn, keeping one of the NFL’s top pass rushers in the fold through 2015.
Quinn set a franchise record with 19 sacks last season, second most in the NFL. He has 29½ sacks the last two seasons, also the second-highest total in the league in that span.
GIANTS: Signed quarterback Rusty Smith.