Baltimore Ravens Free Agency

Ross Houston
March 15, 2019

That Thomas turns 30 on May 7 and suffered season-ending broken legs two of the last three seasons had some observers wondering if he would truly get the big payday he so obviously desired, as evidenced by his holdout previous year, especially as the free-agent legal-tampering period began Monday and players such as Mathieu and Collins signed huge contracts elsewhere.

So why was Thomas leaving as a free agent pretty much a foregone conclusion this offseason?

The Baltimore Ravens made their first major foray into this year's free-agent market, agreeing to terms with safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram, according to National Football League insider Adam Schefter.

Thomas' deal includes $32 million in fully guaranteed money with $22 million coming in the first nine months.

Thomas was hoping to land with his home-state Cowboys, and he did not reach his reported $15 million-per-year asking price, or even the Collins and Mathieu average per year.

A few hours after reports broke, the Ravens announced it with a celebratory tweet right at 1 p.m. Seattle time - the first time teams could officially sign unrestricted free-agent players to contracts.

Thomas' addition gives the Ravens one of the, if not the best secondary in the league. Arriving in Baltimore with 106 games of experience, including 64 starts, Ingram provides stability to a backfield that previous year counted heavily on rookie Gus Edwards. I would have included $125,000 per game started, which could add $2 million per season and an incentive that combined a Pro Bowl selection with the team making the playoffs for another $2 million.

Thomas was clearly thrilled about getting paid.

- DeSean Jackson is headed back to Philadelphia after the Eagles confirmed they acquired the wide receiver and a 2020 seventh-round draft choice from the Buccaneers for a 2019 sixth-round draft choice. He has 684 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and five quarterback hits. "Especially with all the defensive talent that they lost. But you can get what you need".

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