Earl Thomas Agrees To Four-Year, $55M Deal With Ravens

Earl Thomas

The Earl Thomas saga has finally ended, as the veteran safety agreed to terms on a massive four-year, $55 million dollar deal with the Ravens that guarantees Thomas $32 million.

What makes the amount of the Thomas signing extra surprising to me is how he damaged his reputation with a nasty training camp holdout last summer, plus the bad look he created when he flipped off his own Seattle sideline in September as he was carted off the field after breaking his leg in Arizona.

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

Sharing the workload with fellow running back Alvin Kamara the last two seasons, Ingram finished 2018 with 138 carries for 645 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and six touchdowns.

A few hours after reports broke, the Ravens announced it with a celebratory tweet right at 1 p.m. Seattle time - the first time teams could officially sign unrestricted free-agent players to contracts. Kidding, a little joke to lighten the tension after the Cowboys lost out on what appears to be the only player everyone wanted, Earl Thomas.

Thomas, 29, arrives after a nine-year run with Seattle.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news Wednesday afternoon. Thomas becomes the Ravens' splash after they failed to retain star inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, who signed with the Jets on Tuesday.

Thomas leaves Seattle going down as one of the three best safeties in team history along with Hall of Famer Kenny Easley and Chancellor, with whom he helped form the famed Legion of Boom defense from 2010 until Chancellor's career-ending injury against Arizona on November 9, 2017.

During the 2018 season, the safety was headed into the final year of his contract with the Seahawks that was set to pay him $8.5 million in base salary.

Mark Ingram has found a new home. 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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