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Raven Sign Earl Thomas

After being linked to teams like the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys, free agent Earl Thomas has chosen to sign with the Baltimore Ravens.

Thomas’ contract is for 4 years and worth $55 million ($32 million guaranteed). Thomas joins an already impressive defense that ranked second only to the Chicago Bears last season.

The 29-year-old safety brings playoff experience and team leadership to the Ravens who are looking to build their team around second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. While Jackson’s run game is threatening to opposing defenses his throwing will need to improve. The idea is to not let Baltimore fall so far behind they have to then abandon the run and rely on Jackson’s arm. Putting Thomas in the secondary is a good insurance policy to avoid this.

Thomas had spent his entire 9 season career with the Seattle Seahawks and rarely missed a game (7 to be exact). Before the 2018 season, he was holding out for guaranteed money in the event he gets hurt. He eventually ended the holdout but made it clear he wouldn’t forget the “disrespect” he felt from the Seahawks organization. Thomas would only play 4 games before breaking his leg and missing the rest of the season.

Thomas flashes the middle finger towards the Seahawks as he’s carted off the field – Rob Schumacher/AZCentral Sports

While being carted off the field, Thomas made a hand gesture towards the Seahawks to show them how he felt. It was almost like an “I told you so” moment for him.” Thomas’ defiance was not unwarranted though. He helped lead the Seahawks to a Superbowl win, is arguably a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, and was First-Team All-Pro from 2012-2014.

Thomas was part of the famous Legion of Boom with fellow defensive back Richard Sherman, but after Sherman tore his Achilles and Seattle immediately sent him away Thomas knew he had to look out for himself after giving so much to his team. It’s clear Seattle is ready to move on and revamp their defense by finally allowing Thomas to leave. Unfortunately, it happens after both parties have a sour taste in their mouth given last offseason’s issues.

After the signing was announced Thomas took to Twitter to thank the die hard Seattle fan base that will undoubtedly missed the safety’s talents in the backfield.

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The 6-time Pro Bowl safety will help fill the hole left by Terrell Suggs who had spent 16 years with the Baltimore Ravens before signing with the Arizona Cardinals. Even though Baltimore let Suggs go their defense is still absolutely stacked and is primed for another productive year with the addition of Thomas.

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Featured Photo Credit: Genna Martin/SeattlePI.com

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