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Earl Thomas appears to ignore former head coach in first return to Seattle

Earl Thomas appears to ignore former head coach in first return to Seattle

It’s no secret that Earl Thomas and the Seahawks organization ended on poor terms. The image of the star safety making an obscene gesture toward his own bench while being carted off the field is one of the most indelible from the 2018 season, and Thomas was not shy about his displeasure with the franchise.

Knowing that, the Ravens were extra focused on getting Thomas a big win in Seattle on Sunday, something they accomplished with a hard-fought 30-16 victory.

During the game, there were a couple of moments in which Thomas appeared to be jawing with the Seahawks bench. Media members pointed out his antics at a few key points in the game.

After the game was won, Thomas was happy and cordial with a few of his longtime teammates. He shared a long embrace with the new face of the Seahawks defense in Bobby Wagner, and then made a beeline to swap jerseys with Russell Wilson.

What you may have noticed is who Thomas *didn’t* embrace, shake hands with or even talk to. On his way from Wagner to Wilson, Thomas notably brushes right past his former head coach, Pete Carroll.

Carroll makes no effort to stop Thomas, and Thomas makes no effort to stop Carroll. It’s possible the two just didn’t notice each other, but given their long history and the relevance of that storyline, it’s hard to imagine them completely missing each other.

It appears Thomas was happy to ignore his longtime coach, and his coach was happy to oblige.

Thomas is a highly competitive player, and a big win keyed by his new defense in his old stomping grounds had to feel good. But the postgame handshakes, and lack thereof, show that the hatchet may not be completely buried just yet.

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In light of Patrick Mahomes' extension, which DMV athletes would we give a 10-year contract to?

In light of Patrick Mahomes' extension, which DMV athletes would we give a 10-year contract to?

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sent shockwaves through the sports world on Monday when he agreed to a 10-year extension with Kansas City. Mahomes' contract is worth a maximum value of $503 million -- the richest deal in sports history.

So, in light of the passer's lucrative deal, NBC Sports Washington's Tyler Byrum and Ethan Cadeaux took a look at one athlete from every DMV professional team they would give a 10-year deal to.

Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal

During the 2019-20 season, Beal emerged as an All-NBA-type player putting up outstanding numbers and a 30.5-point average. But not only is he great by himself, he’s also a dynamic player that fits with other stars on the floor. Entering the prime of his career, extending Beal well into his thirties will lock up an All-Star in the nation’s capital with a relatively light injury history. It will keep Washington a playoff threat and could lure other top-level talent to the district.

-Byrum

Washington Capitals: Jakub Vrana

The Capitals guard is aging, and aging quickly with Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Braden Holtby all north of 30. Evgeny Kuznetsov is already locked-up until 2025, so next up is the 23-year-old Vrana who has combined for 99 points over the past two years. 

-Byrum

Washington Nationals: Juan Soto

Giving Soto a 10-year deal is the most realistic of any name on this list. In recent years, we've seen stars such as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Mike Trout all sign lucrative deals for a decade-plus. Soto is already one of the brightest young stars in the MLB and just turned 21 this past October. Washington still has multiple years of club control now, but it may be wise to lock him up long-term before it's too late.

-Cadeaux

Washington Redskins: Terry McLaurin

This decision came down to McLaurin and No. 2 overall pick Chase Young, but the player who already has shown success at the NFL level gets the nod here. Despite a revolving QB room, McLaurin was exceptional as a rookie in 2019, finishing just eight yards short of the team's rookie receiving yards record. With consistent QB play, there's no telling how good McLaurin could be.

-Cadeaux

Washington Nationals: Trea Turner

Locking up position players long-term is not a typical practice of the Nationals. Aside from Soto, though, Turner is another obvious option. In five MLB seasons, he has a .291 average with 63 home runs, 159 stolen bases and a 14.1 WAR. A solid hitter with a strong burst bodes well for him to have a long career, with numbers similar to former Red Sox Dustin Pedroia. It will be easier to sign him now on a friendly deal than to re-up year after year before he explodes for a season similar to 2018.

-Byrum

Washington Mystics: Elena Delle Donne

Sure, she turns 31 this year – and hypothetically would be 41 at the end of this exercise – but her age 29 season was the best of her career. She continues to elevate her game as the years go by. Besides, in the WNBA stars push into their forties. Sue Bird (39) and Diana Taurasi (38) are suiting up this year and there is barely a let up in their games. Even if there is a fall-off late in her career, she will have Washington a title contender for a better part of a decade. 

-Byrum

Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson

Jackson is coming off an MVP season and has already cemented himself as one of the league's best quarterbacks. Should he parlay his exceptional 2019 season into an even better 2020, Jackson could find himself in the ballpark of Mahomes' contract come next offseason.

-Cadeaux

D.C. United: Paul Arriola

The 25-year old has been a staple of D.C. United lineup since arriving at the club in 2017. Although he recently ruptured his ACL, he's still the best player on United and the only one that's worth the consideration of a lengthy deal like this.

-Cadeaux

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Robert Griffin III tweets that there will be no NFL preseason

Robert Griffin III tweets that there will be no NFL preseason

Last Thursday, the NFLPA's board of representatives came to a unanimous decision that the entire 2020 NFL preseason should be canceled. In a memo obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the union recommended eliminating the preseason as a way to avoid injuries as well as greater health risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even with the players united on that front, it's unclear what the final decision will be in terms of the preseason. However, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III is hearing that what the NFLPA voted for is going to come to fruition.

Whether or not the preseason should be played is a debatable topic for many. For Griffin, he believes the reasoning for canceling the games that don't officially count comes down to one essential factor: the health of the players.

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While preseason games still bring in money for teams and the league, the quarterback doesn't see that as a reward big enough to ignore the risk of putting players in a situation that could compromise their safety.

The NFL had recently announced that it would be cutting down the preseason to only two games, but it now looks like even further reductions could be made. As for the status of the 2020 regular season, Griffin knows just about as much as everybody else.

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