Despite playing in only four games in 2018 after suffering a season-ending knee injury, Thomas is the only safety in the last decade to record 100 or more tackles, five or more interceptions and two or more forced fumbles in a single season. "We all know the pain a year ago with Richard Sherman (being released and going to San Francisco), Kam Chancellor and his spinal cord injury ending his career". Earl was the last one. He is the best safety the Ravens have had since Ed Reed.
"They are a grow-and-develop program", Huard said of the Seahawks.
I thought Thomas might wind up with a one-year, prove-it deal similar to what his former Seattle teammate Sheldon Richardson got in Minnesota last season for an $8 million salary. But with so many top QBs in their 30s and even 40s, age is not as big a factor for them.
Thomas made six Pro Bowls while with the Seahawks, who drafted him with the No. 14 overall pick out of Texas in 2010, the second pick of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider era.
The $32 million guaranteed at signing is more than Landon Collins got with the Redskins ($26 million). He was fortunate to be a highly compensated first-round pick in the past year before the rookie salary scale came into effect. That's what they were (when) they developed the Legion of Boom.
"A bargain for the Ravens and a guy that's still got some gas in a tank and can help that Ravens offense go", Forio added. "They're getting younger, and they're moving on".
Thomas simply asked Jason Garrett to bring him to Big D. Dallas tried to abide by those wishes as they engaged in trade talks with Seattle but nothing came to fruition.
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