On Wednesday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens scored one of the biggest free agents on the market. According to a report from Adam Schefter, Earl Thomas signed a four-year deal to become the latest star safety in the Ravens’ secondary.
Thomas’ deal will pay him $55 million over the four years, with $32 million guaranteed at signing. He’ll also make $22 million over the first nine months of the deal.
Several teams were linked to Thomas, including the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. As of Tuesday night, one reporter suggested the Browns were “feeling good” about their chances at signing the All-Pro safety.
However, those reports were refuted Wednesday morning.
Hours later, Thomas signed with the Ravens.
Former Seahawks’ S Earl Thomas intends to sign a four-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million fully guaranteed at signing with the Baltimore Ravens, league source tells ESPN. Deal includes $22 million in first nine months.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
The Dallas Cowboys were viewed as the front-runner for Thomas after he enrolled his kids in a Dallas school.
However, Thomas found a perfect landing spot in the Ravens which prominently features the safety. Former Ravens star Eric Weddle signed a deal with the Los Angeles Rams, opening a spot for Thomas.
Baltimore gets an upgrade at the position while also getting younger.
The AFC North has undergone a massive overhaul as Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell left, Odell Beckham Jr. arrived and now Earl Thomas is in the division as well.