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Another safety holdout overshadows start of Seahawks training camp

The Seattle Seahawks have started training camp with a star safety absent because of his contract situation. Earl Thomas is trying to force the hand of the only franchise he’s played for in his attempt to get a new deal. He announced his intentions in June to skip any team activities until Seattle addressed his long-term security. Thomas held true to that statement by skipping the mandatory minicamp and not showing up for the Seahawks’ first training camp practice.

Seahawks training camp preview: Seattle enters camp with high expectations after missing playoffs last season

Seattle missed postseason for first time since 2011, and injuries and depth issues caught up with an aging core. A once-vaunted defense took a significant step back and an offense that had been best at running was downright dreadful. Seattle had one rushing TD last year by a running back, and QB Russell Wilson again spent large portions running for his safety. That Seattle won nine games and was in playoff conversation into late December was remarkable.