OWINGS MILLS, Md.– The Baltimore Ravens are abruptly parting ways with seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas 2 days after he punched fellow safety Chuck Clark, sources told ESPNs Adam Schefter on Sunday.
Thomas, 31, was sent house Friday and has actually not gone back to the Ravens facility after his on-field run-in with Clark. This was the 2nd fiery exchange with a colleague for Thomas, who confronted nose tackle Brandon Williams after a loss to Cleveland 11 months earlier. Thomas also missed out on or was late to a number of conferences throughout his 17 months in Baltimore, a source added.
The Ravens will launch Thomas for conduct detrimental to the team or trade him, sources said. The Dallas Cowboys are the leading competitor to sign him if hes launched, per sources.
The Ravens wished to split from Thomas so badly that they want to take a significant financial hit and progress without a tested replacement for him. They will take a $15 million salary-cap hit for releasing or trading him, unless they have the ability to void his $10 million ensured income this season for conduct detrimental to the group. Thomas will count $5 million versus the cap this season and $10 million next year if the Ravens can avoid paying him the ensured money.
Without Thomas, the Ravens are unskilled at complimentary security. DeShon Elliott, a 2018 sixth-round choice, is expected to action in for Thomas in the meantime. The Ravens like his aggressiveness and upside, but Elliott has actually been limited to 6 video games in two NFL seasons due to the fact that of injuries.
This marks the second tumultuous divorce for Thomas. His nine years in Seattle ended with him extending a middle finger to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll while being hauled off the field with a leg injury. A little over a year and a half ago, the Ravens were lauded for enticing Thomas away from his spoken agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs and signing him to a four-year, $55 million offer, the largest offered to a defensive gamer in franchise history.
Thomas reached the Pro Bowl in his very first and just season in Baltimore, but he struggled mightily at times. He quit on an 88-yard touchdown run by Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb in Week 4 and then got stiff-armed by Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry in the playoffs.
The breaking point came Friday in the groups fourth training camp practice of the year. After Thomas blew a protection, Clark madly swindled his helmet and angrily threw it to the ground. Thomas then punched Clark, a source stated. Both gamers were separated by coaches and teammates. Its unusual for two gamers in the exact same position group to combat.
That resulted in Baltimore carrying on from one of its greatest stars 3 weeks prior to the start of the regular season.
Thomas, 31, was sent home Friday and has actually not returned to the Ravens facility after his on-field run-in with Clark. If the Ravens can prevent paying him the guaranteed money, Thomas will count $5 million versus the cap this season and $10 million next year.
Without Thomas, the Ravens are unskilled at complimentary security. A little over a half and a year back, the Ravens were admired for tempting Thomas away from his verbal contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and signing him to a four-year, $55 million offer, the biggest provided to a protective player in franchise history.