Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Safety Earl Thomas lands with Ravens, not Browns

Safety Earl Thomas lands with Ravens, not Browns

The Baltimore Ravens made their first major foray into this year's free-agent market, agreeing to terms with safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram, according to National Football League insider Adam Schefter. In the midst of a defensive revolution, the Ravens lured Thomas to Baltimore on four-year contract worth $55 million with $32 million in guarantees.

Despite having his 2018 season end with a broken left leg, Thomas finished with three interceptions.

Dallas, San Francisco, Kansas City, even Cleveland were all regarded as possible destinations for Thomas, who was a six-time Pro Bowler with the Seahawks but whose one-fingered salute as he was carted off the field against Arizona last September made clear that he was ready, willing and eager to become a former Seahawk.

If I were a GM negotiating a deal with Thomas, given his injury history, I would have offered closer to $10 million per year between signing bonus and base salary on a two-year deal with big incentives that could get him to the coveted $14 million-per-year level. After returning from a four-game suspension to open the season, Ingram shared the running-back work with Alvin Kamara.

The top free agents are coming off the board quickly now.

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The Cowboys were long rumored to have interest in Thomas.

In a way, it's kind of ironic to see the Ravens bring Thomas on board since it was the Rams that took advantage of Baltimore releasing Eric Weddle before the safety ended up joining the NFC champions.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news Wednesday afternoon. He began his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

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".

So why was Thomas leaving as a free agent pretty much a foregone conclusion this offseason? They will be without Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Za'Darius Smith and Joe Flacco, among others, but they have added the likes of Earl Thomas and Mark Ingram.

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