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The best NFL defense in 2018 just got a lot better. The Baltimore Ravens and Earl Thomas have agreed to a contract. Thomas will join the Ravens on a four-year/$55 million deal.
Thomas is considered an all-in-one safety. The 29-year-old has 684 career tackles in his nine year career, and offers explosive run support on defense. Thomas is known for his range at the safety position. His speed makes him a huge threat to any opposing quarterback, as he has the ability to heavily disrupt an offenses passing game. Thomas has 28 interceptions in his career, 10th among active NFL players.
It seems as if the Ravens always knew that they would be picking up a new strong safety this offseason. Baltimore released Eric Weddle just last week, leaving a massive hole in the Ravens secondary. Today, Baltimore filled that gap with one of the most prized safeties in the league. Earl Thomas was being pursued by a number of teams, with the Dallas Cowboys looking like the favorites to land Thomas after mid-season trade discussions fell through. It seems as if Thomas’s broken leg of last season has scared the Cowboys off, as Baltimore came in and scooped Thomas just a day before free agency has officially began.
Thomas’s contract has been clearly influenced by the contracts offered and accepted by Landon Collins and Tyrann Mathieu. Thomas will receive just over $13 million annually, just under the $14 million that Collins is set to bring in each season.
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