Carroll was asked about Thomas during a Wednesday conference call, and what he would say to Thomas if they have an opportunity to talk this weekend.
“We may bump into each other, and if we do, I have nothing but great thoughts about Earl,” Carroll said. “Great respect for him. If I get a chance to visit with him, I’ll visit with him like I always do. I don’t have to share what I’m going to say to him with you. I’m just going to talk to him and have fun talking to him if I see him.”
Asked how he thought Seahawks fans would great him, Thomas said he hoped they would welcome him warmly. He was a great player for them, and knows he gave his all to the organization.
“I’ve thought about it, late at night,” Thomas said about reaction from Seattle’s fans. “Hopefully they respect what I’ve done. Get a couple of cheers, not too many boos. Whatever happens, happens, but hopefully it’s love.
“I definitely respect and love the organization. They gave me my first shot. I won so many games there. I grew up as a young man there, started when I was 20 years old. I’m always going to be a part of it, especially winning a Super Bowl.”
Now Thomas wants to have a similar experience with the Ravens. As a native of Orange, Tx. who went to the University of Texas, Thomas envisioned signing with the Dallas Cowboys if he ever became a free agent.
“I thought Cowboys to be honest,” Thomas said. “That’s what the story was looking like until the money got funny.”