Earl Thomas’ tenure with the Ravens may be over after one season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas has had another incident. This time around, though, it was on the football field. 

Thomas had an altercation with his teammate Chuck Clark on Friday. The starting safety was then told not to practice with the team on Saturday.

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas intercepts a pass that was intended for DeVante Parker against the Miami Dolphins
Earl Thomas intercepts a pass that was intended for DeVante Parker against the Miami Dolphins (Photo by the Associated Press/Wilfredo Lee)

“Being sent home sucks,” Thomas said. “I can’t take the reps I need to keep the momentum going… but I can reflect on things and keep working on my plan to help the team win… This has been one of my best camps, crazy a situation like this can [throw] dirt on it. Here is the clip that started the fight,” Thomas said on Instagram in a now-deleted post. “A mental error on my part. A busted coverage that I tried to explain calmly met with build-up aggression turned me into getting into [it] with a teammate. 

“Since we didn’t keep it in house, and I’m getting text and calls from ESPN reporters, etc. Thought I’d try and clear the air. Situations like this narrow my window for error but this [is] the path I choose.” 

Thomas — who signed with the Ravens before last season — could face discipline from the team. In addition, he could be released from the franchise. 

If that’s the case, then Thomas would have made $22 million for his first season with the Ravens in the front-loaded contract. 

This is not the first incident with Thomas this off-season. He also had an incident in April in Texas involving his wife Nina, who held a gun to his head after finding Thomas and his brother, Seth, with other women in bed. Nina Thomas was arrested for the incident — and at the time, Thomas said that he was separating from his wife.

Thomas is slated to make $10 million for the 2020 season in a base salary. He also has a $5 million signing bonus. 

If he’s released, the Ravens will face a $15 million dead cap hit for the 2020 season. In addition, they’ll also face a $10 million dead cap hit for the 2021 season by releasing him. 

However, if he’s traded, which is definitely in play, the Ravens will face just a $5 million dead cap during the 2020 season. Yet, by trading him, it’ll save Baltimore $10 million. 

But, at the same time, they’ll be responsible for a $10 million dead cap hit in 2021, as well.

He played in 15 regular season games with the Ravens during the 2019 season. Thomas also played in the Ravens playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans in Divisional Round.

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