One down, one to go.
The Seahawks' two priorities this offseason were to get contract extensions for primary secondary stars Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Speculation about which would get his deal first has been rampant all year, so it figures that Thomas' contract got done just a few days after word leaked that Sherman's deal was close.
As many expected, Thomas will get $10 million per year on the extension, although the total value of the deal reportedly is still under $9 million per year -- $44.725 million over five years. The guaranteed money was about what we thought it would be -- at $27.725 million.
The deal locks in Thomas through 2018. For now, he and receiver Percy Harvin are the only players under contract for that long.
Sherman should join them soon, likely on a deal worth perhaps more than $12 million a year and guaranteeing perhaps $30 million.
That would lock in the Legion of Boom's Pro Bowl members through at least 2017 (when Kam Chancellor's deal expires) and make opposing quarterbacks cringe at the thought of having to try to find open receivers against the LOB for the next four seasons.
Meanwhile, it would not be surprising to see the Hawks add to the Legion through the draft -- even as high as the first round. Byron Maxwell, who assumed the starting position opposite Sherman last season, is entering the final year of his contract and seems unlikely to be back if he plays well in 2014.
Maxwell is unlikely to be a candidate for an extension as the Hawks seem more likely to target linebacker K.J. Wright, defensive end Cliff Avril and/or wide receiver Doug Baldwin later this offseason.
But he has a good reputation as a scout, and Seattle GM John Schneider, who apparently is friends with Ireland, likely hired Ireland (A) to tap into his thoughts on late-round players and (B) to do him a favor and help him rehabilitate his reputation.