A month has gone by since free agency got underway and most of the big names are off the board.
The Chiefs made a big splash in free agency, adding former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu.
Mathieu wasn’t the only safety they were looking to add. They were also in on Earl Thomas, who eventually landed in Baltimore.
We’ve known for a while that the Chiefs came close to landing Thomas, but it wasn’t just close….. both sides thought it was a done deal.
During an interview on The Rich Eisen Show, Thomas said he committed to signing a 1-year deal in Kansas City, spoke to HC Andy Reid, and the Chiefs were prepared to send a private jet.
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) April 11, 2019
“I really thought I was going to go to Kansas City,” Thomas said. “I committed there on a 1-year deal worth like $12M, and the next morning I woke up, my agents called me and told me I had a better offer with the Ravens, so I definitely took that offer real quick.”
“I actually got off the phone with Andy Reid the night before the news about the Ravens,” Thomas added. “The Chiefs actually were about to send me a private jet and me and the family were packing up, getting ready to go, get on the jet, go to Kansas City and I woke up the next morning and my agents told me that Baltimore really wanted me and they offered me a mega deal, and I took that.”
Thomas also spoke about the Cowboys and if they showed any interest during free agency.
“They made their statements really clear in the media. They weren’t willing to pay me like I thought I was worth. So obviously, I would’ve loved to play for that organization. I grew up a big fan, but it just didn’t work out.”
Considering the day and age that we’re in, it’s quite remarkable that the Thomas-to-Chiefs deal never leaked at the time. We all saw what happened with Anthony Barr and the Jets. Thomas and his camp clearly did a tremendous job at keeping things away from the media.
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