The Baltimore Ravens have signed perennial Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas. He is the closest thing this organization has seen since the legendary Ed Reed retired. It is perfect timing in Baltimore after experiencing early attrition this free agency period. They’ve watched Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosely, Eric Weddle, and Za’Darius Smith sign new contracts with different organizations. The soon to be 30-year-old ballhawk from the University of Texas immediately becomes redemption of sorts. He is easily one of the most decorated defenders coming off the market for a $55 million chunk of change ($32 million guaranteed).
The writing was on the wall regarding the fractured relationship between Seattle and Thomas. He had desired a new contract before the start of this season. He threatened a holdout before eventually being a team player and returning to the team. His image was under scrutiny because of his “me first” attitude but he always gave his best efforts for the Seahawks Organization. It came as no surprise after he flipped off his Seahawks bench while being carted off the field following a gruesome leg injury in Week 4. His frustration was obvious given his expiring contract and his desires for a new deal.
Most free agents probably wouldn’t recover in a saturated market following an injury at Thomas’ age. But this is Earl Thomas, former leader of the original Legion of Boom and Super Bowl champion, who wreaks havoc on the gridiron. His history of game-changing plays proved to be enough for Baltimore’s front office. His game and his leadership is more than deserving in a league that spends millions on marginal talent. The Ravens welcome his services.
We have agreed to terms with S Earl Thomas.
Until then, stay thirsty! JT out.