Earl Thomas to sign with Baltimore Ravens

Elena Summers
March 14, 2019

The dream is over for Dallas Cowboys fans as free agent safety Earl Thomas has made a decision to sign with the Baltimore Ravens.

Thomas will see his former teammates when the Ravens play the Seahawks in Seattle this season.

With Thomas in the fold on a four-year, $55 million deal, Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale can continue to run a complex, single-high scheme heavy on blitzes and improvisation.

Thomas held out of the Seahawks training camp as he attempted to force the Seahawks to giving him a contract extension.

Thomas' deal will become official on March 13 at the start of the new league year when his contract with Seattle expires. 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 2019.

Back in September of 2018, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas went down with a broken leg and missed the rest of the season because of it.

Right around the time the Cleveland Browns were executing a blockbuster deal with the New York Giants for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the Browns were also "feeling good" about possibly landing Thomas as well. But those reports were quashed early Wednesday morning and news then broke of his signing with the Ravens.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team Associated Press all-pro, Thomas holds up just fine as a defense's biggest star.

Going after him would be risky given the injury history, but that could play into the Cowboys favor as he may come in much cheaper than his talent suggests.

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