After just one season in Baltimore, Earl Thomas is once again searching for a new home as his contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens for “conduct detrimental to the team”. Thomas, the three-time All-Pro and Super Bowl Champion is free to sign with any team he chooses.
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With the Ravens out of the mix and his other former employer, the Seahawks, likely joining them as non-suitors, Thomas will have, potentially, 30 teams to choose from. Here are some potential landing spots for the safety:
The obvious, and likely destination for Thomas. The catalyst, at least in the public eye, for Thomas’ departure from Seattle was his public lobbying for then Cowboys head coach, Jason Garrett, to “come and get him”. Later, of course, Thomas “saluted” the Seahawks bench after an injury in what would be his last game as a Seahawk. So, naturally, it makes sense for the Cowboys to be the favorite, as some have reported, considering his desire, and by all accounts Jerry Jones as well, for him to be in Dallas.
New England Patriots
Suddenly “flush” with cap space, thanks in some part by the opting out by players such as Patrick Chung, the Patriots could be an intriguing destination for the former Pro Bowler. Thomas, likely on a one-year deal, could help fill the void left by Chung on a team that could already have the best secondary in the league. Even without Chung. However, does last season’s signing and release of Antonio Brown cause Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft to think twice about Thomas?
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Las Vegas Raiders
In 2019, the Raiders had one of the worst secondaries in the league. According to PFF, they allowed 2,196 yards on gains of 20+ yards. By far one of the worst teams at allowing the big play last season. Adding Thomas wouldn’t solve all their problems. Cornerback is certainly still an issue, and we won’t discuss the offensive side of the ball but it is a start. With just under $4 million available in cap space according to Spotrac, ultimately, the match may just not work. Plus, like the Patriots, perhaps their experience with Antonio Brown will cause a bit of hesitation on the team’s part.