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.
Former teammate Richard Sherman said Thomas (leg) is interested in joining the 49ers, but the veteran cornerback also acknowledged that Thomas likely will sign with Dallas if the money is approximately equal, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
There were rumors throughout 2018 about the Texas native getting traded to the Cowboys, with discussion finally ending after he suffered a fractured tibia Week 4. The 29-year-old safety 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.
Thomas will have surgery to place a rod in his left leg, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The procedure will increase his odds of making a full recovery, and he'll aim to be healthy by March 11 when free agency opens. The 29-year-old safety won't play for the rest of this season, and due to his frustrations with Seattle's front office, it's unlikely he re-signs with the Seahawks.
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.
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