Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner started off Organized Team Activities by shouting out his missing defensive teammate Earl Thomas and he's ending the final weeks of OTA's doing the same. While Thomas continues to skip out on the voluntary workouts in lieu of either not receiving a new contract or simply not wanting to show up so he can spend more time with his family or a bit of both, Wagner continues to relay a message of solidarity and appreciation.

In late May as the second phase of the Seahawks offseason program was starting, Wagner took it upon himself to give a shout out to Thomas in an interview on 710 ESPN Seattle's 'Brock and Salk' show. Now, a few weeks later, he was asked if he had any more words for Thomas with only three practices remaining on the OTA's schedule. Mandatory mini-camp will start next from June 12-14 and head coach Pete Carroll expects Thomas will finally arrive. If he doesn't, the team is allowed to fine him for skipping. But for now, during the voluntary portion of practice, Wagner has nothing new to tell his teammate but did want to reaffirm his original message.

"Got another message for Earl? Nah man, we just want him back," Wagner said during his Monday press conference. "We appreciate him. That was said from the heart because I feel like we don't appreciate players until their gone. I feel like that goes with life. We don't appreciate the people we have until they're gone. So I'm trying to just focus on making sure everybody know they're appreciated it."

Wagner's original message seemed to suggest that Thomas' absence was at least in part due to his contract situation. Speaking about it at all seemed to suggest it was more than just his friend wanting to stay home.

"Before we get off, I would like to take this time to shout out to Earl Thomas. I think he’s an amazing player. I think he’s an amazing person. He’s a Hall of Famer, and just let him know that we’re over here wishing for the best in that situation and we’re thinking about him, and I just want him to know that from this end," Wagner said weeks earlier.

Put it to this way. Over the last few seasons when Michael Bennett or Cliff Avril has been missing, no one has felt the need to let them know they're appreciated. Either way, the Seahawks and Thomas are locked into a stalemate. With a possible holdout off the table, according to general manager John Schneider , and the team not planning to offer Thomas a new contract, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, there's not much wiggle room on what can happen next.

Thomas has to show up for work eventually unless the team trades him. But Schneider and Carroll were adamant in April they weren't trading their star safety. Wagner's confident that his teammate will remain his teammate in 2018, as well.

"Yeah hopefully he'll be back real soon," he said Monday. "I don't see anything happening with that. I'm expecting him to be here. I'm hoping he'll be here and and we're going to have a lot of fun together."

The truth will start to take shape next Tuesday when Thomas is faced with consequences if he doesn't show up. Wagner should be getting his wish sooner rather than later unless something goes horribly wrong.