Earl Thomas and Ravens agree on $55 million deal

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

The Baltimore Ravens and safety Earl Thomas have agreed to a four-year, $55 million deal. It comes with the departures of Eric Weddle, C.J. Mosley, Za'Darius Smith and Terrell Suggs but that's not the end-all-be-all.

Thomas made $10 million a year on his previous contract with Seattle, a four-year, $40 million deal he signed in the spring of 2014. Both contracts are pending the passing of physicals. Arriving in Baltimore with 106 games of experience, including 64 starts, Ingram provides stability to a backfield that past year counted heavily on rookie Gus Edwards.

Ingram has 204 receptions over the past five seasons and should fit well into a controlled offense directed by quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Ingram was a part of the two head running back corps in New Orleans with Alvin Kamara but in 2016 and 2017, he had two back to back 1,000 rushing yard plus seasons (Pro Football Reference).

Thomas, 29, arrives after a nine-year run with Seattle.

So why was Thomas leaving as a free agent pretty much a foregone conclusion this offseason?

"Earl was the last of this Legion of Boom to go", 710 ESPN Seattle's Brock Huard said shortly after the news of Thomas' deal with Baltimore broke.

After finishing the 2018 season as the top ranked yards-per-game defense in the league (292.9) and second in points-per-game (17.9), Thomas seems like the ideal fit.

That gives Thomas an average per-year salary of $13.75 million, which puts Thomas just behind the $14 million per year of Landon Collins (who signed this week with Washington) and Tyrann Mathieu (who signed with Kansas City).

Thomas held out of the Seahawks training camp as he attempted to force the Seahawks to giving him a contract extension. He, along with Tony Jefferson, will make for a dynamic safety tandem.

Again, fans who have been starving for this move were left feeling empty as Thomas signed with the Baltimore Ravens after Dallas was apparently out due to his price tag.

- 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.

"A Raven through and through".

I love when an all-time great is allowed a chance to author a memorable second chapter to his career. Reed compiled 643 total tackles and 64 interceptions in his 11-year career.

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