Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas explained his reasons for holding out Thursday, writing for The Players’ Tribune that he deserves to be paid accordingly as the the last remaining member of the Legion of Boom still on the team.

He implied that he has taken a discount in the past to keep the Legion of Boom together,

Thomas has stated his “pay me or trade me” stance on social media, but Thursday’s comments are the first time he’s explained why he feels that way.

Thomas said he is working out on his own and “preparing my body all offseason to be at an NFL camp.”

“In the end, it’s like I said: If the Seahawks don’t intend on having me around for the long-term, then I understand. And if they want to start over and rebuild, then that’s their right — it’s part of the business. It’s not what I want … but I get it. All I ask, though, is that if that’s the case, and they don’t want me anymore — just please trade me to an organization that does.

The Seahawks are not in negotiations with Thomas, and there has been nothing to indicate that they are interested in giving him an extension while his current deal has a season remaining. Thomas’ current deal carries an $8.5 million salary in 2018.