The team revealed Sunday the release of Pro Bowl Safety Earl Thomas by the Baltimore Ravens.
Thomas was sent home on Friday after a clash with teammate Chuck Clark in practice, and the Ravens are cutting him off for his negative conduct to the team.
How it all started
Thomas wanted to flash, and Mark Andrews took a deep TD pass in the field Thomas was expected to protect at the end of his fourth training camp session. Chuck Clark pulled off and dropped his helmet to the concrete. Thomas and Clark clashed on the hands, where Thomas, according to a source, punched his colleague. Coaches and teammates separated them. The Ravens sent Thomas off after the session.
“We have terminated S Earl Thomas’ contract for personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens,” the statement read.
Insider Ian Rapoport from NFL Network announced that the Ravens are still planning to seek to reclaim 10 million dollars from Thomas next season. Thomas agreed to a $55 million contract in four years before the 2019 season. Rapoport stated that the language of the release indicates that the organization will pursue the pay of Thomas because of adverse conduct this season.
Thomas made his statement on Instagram after the team’s statement:
“Appreciate the Ravens organization for the opportunity,” Thomas began. “Had a great run. Wish things would have ended differently, but you live, and you learn. Thank you, Eric DeCosta, and everyone else who played a role in bringing me to B-More. I wish you guys the best.”
John Harbaugh, coach of Ravens, talked to the media after the practice of Sunday. He spoke for the first time since Thomas was sent off. He just spoke of the statement and continued.
“Well, I think the statement speaks for itself, you know, there’s not much more to add to that,” Harbaugh said. “Just planning to leave it at that at this point.”
It should especially be noted that the leadership of Ravens players has been behind the release of Thomas, as NFL Network leaders Mike Garafolo announced Saturday that they were in support of a release or trade.
Going more in-depth at the statistics, Thomas’s salary limit on Baltimore, given that the club will accept the loss of his promised 10 million dollars, would be $5 million for this season and $10 million in dead money on 2021. If a lawsuit is filed, or most likely when Ravens will be bearing a $4 million potential dead cap before the claim is settled, said Pelissero.
Thomas’ deal also contained a Pelissero counter clause, which reduces Baltimore’s owing and decreases the numbers contested Thomas signs anytime for a new club.
Thomas was frustrated by Clark on Friday, with reports that he had been fired on Saturday from the squad and released only 24 hours later. It comes next for Thomas, because he is not immune to restrictions, could be with teams that can sign him so early as today.
Will it is the Eagles, 49ers, and Texans who will join the seven-time Pro Bowl pick wrote Rapoport.
Two days after he began a battle with Clark, Thomas’ departure from Baltimore was planned. The Ravens then sent Thomas home and told him, Saturday or Sunday, not to stay for work.
It was Thomas’ second notorious departure from a club when he rode away on the sideline in Seattle, where he was carted out following a fractured leg, and he was for eight seasons with three All-Pro honors and a Super Bowl title. This is also not the first time he’s recently had a player dispute when Garafolo alluded to a revolt last year involving defensive liner Brandon Williams.
Thomas’ Baltimore days have ended, and he is never again a Raven since his final transgression, and the former AFC North Titlists start. The next part is where Thomas considers himself.
It is quite clear that the discharge of Thomas resulted in a number of difficulties, not just one offense. The Ravens have one of the best cultures in their division, and while it’s a disadvantage for the safety of a Super Bowl rival, this culture, and seasoned management allow the Ravens to take such a crucial step that other locker rooms can be separated on.
In the text of this team statement, which states that personal behavior that has negatively impacted the Baltimore Ravens shows plainly that the Ravens are trying to avoid paying Thomas’ $10 million annual compensation next year. While league management endorsed a release or trade, while stated by NFL Network employee Mike Garafolo, they feel that this is combined by subtracting.