Thomas (lower leg) appears to be ready to go for the Ravens' voluntary offseason workouts, Sean Grogan of the Cecil Whig reports. Thomas is bouncing back from a fractured tibia he sustained last September. The six-time Pro Bowler reportedly spent time working out with teammates before voluntary offseason workouts commenced April 15, and by all accounts, he seems to be making a strong first impression in Baltimore. Fresh off signing a four-year, $55 million contract with the team last month, Thomas has plenty of talent around him in the secondary, including the league's highest-paid slot corner in Tavon Young. The Ravens also bring back 2017 first-rounder Marlon Humphrey along with veterans Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith.
Thomas (leg) came to terms Wednesday with the Ravens on a four-year, $55 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Ravens will get an upgrade at free safety a week after they released Eric Weddle, handing Thomas a massive contract that includes $32 million guaranteed. The former Seahawk will celebrate his 30th birthday in May and is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he picked off three passes in four games before suffering a season-ending fractured tibia that required surgery. Thomas should be healthy long before training camp, and possibly even for the start of the offseason program in April. The Ravens have suffered major losses in the front seven early this offseason, but their secondary now looks stronger than ever.
Thomas' former teammate, Richard Sherman, said Wednesday that the veteran safety has expressed interest in joining the 49ers this offseason, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Sherman also acknowledged that Thomas would likely sign with Dallas if the money is approximately equal, a sentiment that doesn't come as a surprise after there were prevalent rumors throughout 2018 suggesting the Cowboys were interested in acquiring the Texas native via trade. No deal ultimately materialized, however, after Thomas' season ended when he suffered a fractured tibia in Week 4. The 29-year-old was his usual dominant self prior to the injury, piling up 22 tackles (16 solo), five passes defensed and three interceptions in four games for the Seahawks. While Thomas may prefer to play closer to home, the 49ers have better cap flexibility than the Cowboys, albeit with a major disadvantage in terms of state income tax. Thomas should be healthy long before the start of training camp.
The Seahawks placed Thomas (leg) on injured reserve Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. After breaking the tibia in his left leg Sunday in Arizona, Thomas was destined for IR due to the season-ending nature of the injury. Although rehab will be his immediate focus, he likely will be pondering his next contract as well. The Seahawks technically can extend the franchise or transition tag to the All-Pro safety, but he could strike back by remaining away from the team again while his teammates go through the offseason program and preseason slate. Considering his dissatisfaction with Seattle's front office, Thomas may have played his last down with the organization.
Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday that Thomas (leg) won't play again in 2018, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports. For the second time in three seasons, Thomas sustained a fracture to the tibia in his left leg. On this occasion, though, he'll miss 12 games (instead of four) and potentially decrease his earning power on the open market. The latter point is the key after Thomas stayed away from Seattle in the offseason, training camp and preseason in pursuit of a new contract or a trade to a team willing to give him one. There doesn't seem to be much doubt that he's played his last down for the Seahawks, but it's difficult to foresee the safety landing a significant, long-term contract when his next down will take place as a 30-year-old.
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