Earl Thomas Set To Sign Four-Year Deal With The Baltimore Ravens

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That desire led to Thomas holding out all of training camp past 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.

That kind of injury history is scary to a general manager. Thomas would be a big-time help for the defense, as a leader and a play maker in the secondary.

I thought Thomas might wind up with a one-year, prove-it deal similar to what his former Seattle teammate Sheldon Richardson got in Minnesota last season for an $8 million salary.

Even though the Baltimore Ravens lost multiple starters on the defense the last two days before the official start of free agency (Eric Weddle, Za'Darius Smith, C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs), they made a much-needed splash signing at a couple positions of need, starting with the signing of former Seattle Seahawk Earl Thomas. "More will be depended and relied upon them".

Without Thomas last season, the Seahawks started Tedric Thompson at free safety and Bradley McDougald at strong safety, and then went with McDougald at free safety and Delano Hill at strong safety for two games when Thompson was injured.

However, it was clear early on last season that 2018 would most likely be the final season for Thomas as a member of the Seahawks, which turned out to be exactly the case now that the veteran safety is heading to a new team in the Baltimore Ravens.

Thomas will fill the void left by the departure of Eric Weddle, who was released earlier this month and signed by the Los Angeles Rams.

- DeSean Jackson is headed back to Philadelphia after the Eagles confirmed they acquired the wide receiver and a 2020 seventh-round draft choice from the Buccaneers for a 2019 sixth-round draft choice. "They didn't do it a year ago when Earl wanted to be the highest-paid safety (in the NFL)".

Such is life in the National Football League for the vast majority of players as they approach and surpass 30, especially with an injury history. "But you can get what you need".

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