The Ravens made the decision on Sunday to release safety Earl Thomas attributing the action to “personal conduct that has adversely affected” the team.
The wording means there will be a grievance and the Ravens are expected to pursue his $10 million guaranteed salary for 2020. Thomas will file a grievance seeking the payment.
Former NFL tight end Martellus Bennett thinks the Ravens wanted to get rid of Thomas and his blowup at practice was exactly what they were waiting for.
“They’ve been waiting for a way to get rid of him,” Bennett wrote on Instagram. “Conduct detrimental is terribly misleading and needs a true definition. It’s an scapegoat for teams. Guys fight all the time at practice but teams punish each individual differently based on their feelings on that player. They celebrate some players fighting, cheering, and high-fiving them and sh*t. Then others they do this sh*t too.”
Multiple former players have mentioned on Twitter that fights happen all the time at practice.
However, this isn’t the first time the Ravens have had issues with Thomas. Last year, Thomas and defensive tackle Brandon Williams got into a heated exchange after a loss to the Cleveland Browns. He also reportedly showed up late to meetings and had a separate off the field incident in May.
The incident with Chuck Clark was likely the last straw for a team that takes team chemistry very seriously.
Multiple Ravens reporters have mentioned that Clark and Williams are two of the most liked players in the locker room.
Whatever the case is, Thomas is now a free agent and the rest of the league will have a shot at signing him.
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