Ravens, Earl Thomas Agree To $55 Million

Getty									Earl Thomas reaction after making a play

Getty Earl Thomas reaction after making a play

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to sign Earl Thomas to a four-year, $55 million contract.

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.

On Wednesday, despite his rocky tenure with the Seahawks, Thomas wrote on Twitter: "Thank you Seattle for the love and memories that my family and I will never forget".

That desire led to Thomas holding out all of training camp previous year, only to return before the start of the regular season so he would not miss any game checks of his $8.5 million base salary in 2018. The Ravens defense has remained firmly in the top-ten in terms of defensive efficiency the last few seasons, and there's no reason to believe that would change in 2019.

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"Earl Thomas is arguably the best safety of his generation", Long said. It's a pricey move but also somewhat necessary for the Ravens after veteran safety Eric Weddle left to sign with the Los Angeles Rams.

Thomas was clearly thrilled about getting paid. The former Seahawks star had not missed a single game for the first six seasons of his career and likely has a lot expected of him ahead of this season.

Thomas was on the Seahawks team that dominated the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII, as a cornestone of a defensive unit nicknamed the "Legion of Boom". Then when Thomas became a free agent, the rumors started again. He returned before regular season started and posted three interceptions in the first four games before suffering a season-ending broken leg. But for Thomas to emerge with the deal he is receiving from the Ravens has to be encouraging to other players 30 or older who have had difficulty attracting a long-term contract this year.

Mark Ingram is a powerful back that's far from a one-dimensional talent.

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