It’s few out of every odd day that a top team releases a Pro Bowl-level player to whom they have made a colossal financial commitment after only one year, yet here we are with Earl Thomas. The Baltimore Ravens released the veteran safety Sunday after he had a practice battle with a defensive colleague, Chuck Clark, on Friday. Thomas, recollect, made a disgusting gesture to the Seahawks sideline as he was being removed the field on a cart in the wake of enduring a season-finishing leg injury in 2018, so his unpredictable conduct toward his group isn’t bizarre. Are there any winners here? Not so much. Be that as it may, it’s all relative in the NFL, so some will come out superior to other people.
Winners (Kind of)
The Baltimore Ravens: It’s genuinely evident that Thomas’ release was the culmination of different issues, not a single infraction. The Ravens have perhaps the most grounded culture in the league, however, and keeping in mind that this is a misfortune to the defense of a Super Bowl competitor, that culture and veteran leadership permit the Ravens to absorb such a huge move, that may part other locker rooms. The wording of the group declaration, which referenced “personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens” clarifies that the Ravens will battle not to pay the $10 million ensured salary Thomas was scheduled to make this year. Given that, as NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo detailed, player leadership supported a release or trade, they believe this will be expansion by subtraction.
Earl Thomas: His cheerful goodbye to the Ravens posted via social media recommends he isn’t frightfully pained by this unforeseen development. Thomas has never made a mystery of his fantasy goal – he truly walked into the Cowboys’ locker room after a game to entreat then-mentor Jason Garrett to come to get him. We thought it was insane, however now Thomas gets another opportunity to pick his destination and the Cowboys are allegedly interested.
Whoever signs Thomas during the current year: The key here is the term limit – Thomas will most likely be a decent expansion for whichever team gains him. Indeed, even at age 31, there aren’t numerous secondaries that he would not upgrade. For a team that trusts it is playoff prepared and is maybe missing just one piece, Thomas would be a smart signing. What occurs after that is impossible to say, yet for a team that moves toward the agreement structure smartly, that probably won’t make any difference.
Losers (Sort of)
The Ravens’ defensive backfield: Whatever the off scenes issues, Thomas is one of the best safeties of his generation. He had a few battles with the Ravens’ defense a year ago, yet he was unmistakably the best free security on the team. For the time being, his substitution in Baltimore’s secondary is likely DeShon Elliott, a 6th round draft pick in 2018 who has never begun a game. Essential to note – the Ravens led the league in scoring and total defense after securing cornerback Marcus Peters preceding week 7 last season.
The Ravens’ bottom line: Yes, they will battle paying his $10 million salaries this year, however, the Ravens gave Thomas a $20 million signing bonus only 17 months prior. What’s more, contingent upon the result of the foreseen battle about the 2020 salary, there could be huge salary cap implications for one year from now, as well.
The background checkers for interested teams: Thomas has now been jettisoned by two of the most generally regarded and stable associations in the NFL, which surely doesn’t consider well him. As talented as he seems to be, Thomas will likely need to respond to inquiries regarding why he stays around too long and teams, who will presumably need to move rapidly to land him, should be mindful so as not to miss any issues that could make more issues for Thomas and his next team.