Earl Thomas Thanks Fans in Seattle After Signing with the Baltimore Ravens

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He signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the franchise.

We've long known Thomas' time in Seattle was over, but his new contract demonstrates another fascinating development in free agency:. Thomas would be a big-time help for the defense, as a leader and a play maker in the secondary. "Yet the Ravens are giving him a reported $32-million in guaranteed money on a four-year deal". As far as average annual value, Thomas' deal will pay out $13.75 million per year, which puts him behind only Collins and Tyrann Matheiu, who are getting $14 million per year with their new teams.

Thomas was clearly thrilled about getting paid.

If I were a GM negotiating a deal with Thomas, given his injury history, I would have offered closer to $10 million per year between signing bonus and base salary on a two-year deal with big incentives that could get him to the coveted $14 million-per-year level.

Furthermore, the price tag was just going to be too hefty for the Seahawks to commit to Thomas on the third contract of his pro career.

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The Seahawks didn't bite and Thomas ended missing all of training camp.

Without Thomas last season, the Seahawks started Tedric Thompson at free safety and Bradley McDougald at strong safety, and then went with McDougald at free safety and Delano Hill at strong safety for two games when Thompson was injured. Shortly after being released, Weddle signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams. Not to mention, Thomas' age isn't exactly working in his favor with the safety set to turn 30 on May 7.

When the Baltimore Ravens take the field in 2019, they will look quite different from the team that won the AFC North last season. He saw less accomplished players such as 25-year-old offensive tackle Trent Brown - basically a one-year success in New England with no Pro Bowls on his resume - hit the jackpot.

The Ravens have more moves to make on both sides of the ball, but agreeing to terms with Mark Ingram was a step in the right direction.

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