Ravens, Earl Thomas Agree To $55 Million

Tanya Simon
March 15, 2019

With Thomas gone, Seattle is expected to go with a combination of Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson at the free safety position, although the draft or free agency could bring in new blood before the 2019 season begins.

But most importantly, the departure of Thomas means one less player for Los Angeles to worry about in the NFC West since despite winning the division for a second year in a row during the 2018 season, the Rams will take any extra help possible to make it three in a row.

The signing in Baltimore ends a dramatic 12 months for Thomas.

If there's any risk for the Ravens here, it's that they just gave $32 million in guaranteed money to a player coming off a broken leg.

That being said, the Ravens might not be too concerned about his age and that's because Thomas will be replacing Weddle, who's actually older than him.

Thomas had also made it clear he would he happy to head to his home state of Texas and play for Dallas, infamously approaching Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and telling him to "come get me" following a game there on Christmas Eve in 2017.

I thought Thomas might wind up with a one-year, prove-it deal similar to what his former Seattle teammate Sheldon Richardson got in Minnesota last season for an $8 million salary.

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Rumors circulated Tuesday night that Thomas was talking with the Cleveland Browns.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news Wednesday afternoon.

So why was Thomas leaving as a free agent pretty much a foregone conclusion this offseason?

Thomas spent nine years in Seattle, where he was one of the anchors of the Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" defense.

Thomas was a first-team All-Pro pick three times.

Barring a major move, that could be how Seattle enters the 2019 season with Thomas finally, officially, out the door, having found a new home nearly as far away from Seattle as could be.

While Ingram will bolster an already-potent backfield, Thomas could be a game-changer in the secondary. Thomas was reportedly hoping to land a deal that would make him the highest paid safety in the National Football League, and that's exactly what he ended up getting from Baltimore.

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