Earl Thomas

The Seattle Seahawks’ Earl Thomas inked a four-year contract extension this week, worth $40 million, making him the NFL’s first $10 million-a-year safety, reports ESPN.

The new deal, which he signed Monday (April 28), makes the 24-year-old the league’s highest-paid safety. It includes $27.75 million in guaranteed money, sources told the network.

Thomas is going into his fifth season with the Seahawks. Last season, he was named to the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year.

Former Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd signed a six-year, $54 million contract with New Orleans last month that made him a $9 million-per-year safety. The deal included $28 million in guaranteed money.