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NFL Star Announces He's Skipping Minicamp, Demanding A New Contract

An interior view of the seattle seahawks stadium.

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 24: General view of Qwest Field from the endzone during the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants on September 24, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won 42-30. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

As the summer kicks off and the countdown to NFL training camp beings, at least one NFL star has revealed he intends to holdout until he gets a new contract.

Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas announced today he won't be attending the team's upcoming minicamp due to his contract situation. Thomas also skipped the team's voluntary OTA program earlier this offseason.

The veteran safety is in the final year of his four-year, $40 million deal and hinted at the Pro Bowl in January that he could hold out if the matter wasn't resolved.

"I also believe that based on my production over the last 8 years that I've earned the right to have this taken care of as soon as possible," Thomas said. "I want to have certainty in regards to the upcoming years of my career."

Thomas did add that he wishes to "remain a Seahawk for the rest of my career." His entire statement was released on Twitter.

It can be found below.

According to ESPN, Thomas could be out almost six figures if he misses the entire upcoming minicamp.

This year, the maximum fine amounts for missing minicamp are $14,070 for the first day, $28,150 for the second day and $42,215 for the third day, for a total of $84,435. The Seahawks' three-day minicamp starts Tuesday.

Thomas has played in 121 games over eight seasons, starting all of them. He made 88 tackles last season, along with a pair of interceptions and six passes defensed.

Thomas is a six-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro selection.