Earl Thomas will be in a Baltimore Ravens uniform in 2019. After nine stellar seasons in Seattle, Thomas agreed to a 4-year, $55M deal with Baltimore in free agency.
His last act in a Seahawks uniform will forever be remembered. It was a middle finger directed to the Seahawks sideline as he was being carted off the field with a broken left leg.
Earl Thomas’ reaction after being carted off the field. pic.twitter.com/Lpqgu7rJJ9
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 30, 2018
Thomas was out of the spotlight from there. Everyone knows about the contract dispute and holdout he had with the Seahawks. Thomas was pissed. But he never spoke out about why he gave the middle finger and who it was really directed to.
“A lot of frustration that day,” Thomas told Peter King. “I was in a battle with the team, and I chose to play, and I was betting on myself. So when it happened, it just added to my frustration. I did what I did, and I saw Pete Carroll, and I just was like, ‘You won. You won.’ Just a very disappointing day.”
It’s difficult to put any blame on Thomas. He’s 29 years old and suffered a major leg injury in a contract year. That’s potentially millions of dollars lost.
Albert Breer of the MMQB reproted earlier this week that Thomas came close to signing a 1-year, $12M deal with the Chiefs. The Ravens joined the mix in the last hour and made him the mega offer.
Insight into free agency: New #Ravens safety Earl Thomas came close to signing a 1-year, $12M deal with the #Chiefs. KC was prepared to have Earl come in and paired up with Tyrann Mathieu. The #Ravens swooped in towards the end and offered Thomas a mega-deal. (via @AlbertBreer)
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) March 18, 2019
“The Ravens were never in the picture,” Thomas told Peter King. “I was shocked. I was blessed.”
King reports the deal with the Ravens came together in a little over two hours.
Thomas will have chance at revenge vs Seattle in 2019. The Ravens are scheduled to play the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field next season. 2019 schedule is expected to be released next month.
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