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Thomas walks in for Raven with 4-year deal

Devdiscourse News Desk new york United States
Updated: 14-03-2019 02:04 IST
Thomas walks in for Raven with 4-year deal

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Free safety Earl Thomas joined the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. The team announced the deal as free agency officially began, and reports indicate Thomas secured a four-year deal worth $55 million.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection with 28 career interceptions, Thomas' addition boosts a Baltimore defense hit hard by free agency losses, including linebackers C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith and defensive lineman Terrell Suggs. Safety Eric Weddle was released in a cap-savings move last week and joined the Los Angeles Rams. The Ravens also announced the signing of running back Mark Ingram. Reports indicate the former New Orleans Saints Pro Bowler can earn $15 million over three years.

According to reports, Thomas receives $32 million in guarantees. Thomas did not miss a game the first six seasons of his career, a centerpiece in the secondary known in Seattle as the Legion of Boom.

Ingram brings a between-the-tackles running style to pair with quarterback Lamar Jackson in Baltimore's power-running offense. Ingram, 29, ran for 645 yards and six touchdowns with the Saints in 2018. He started the season on the suspended list and missed four games. The former Heisman Trophy winner rushed for 6,007 yards and 50 touchdowns in eight seasons with New Orleans. Thomas, who turns 30 in May, was one of the most coveted defensive playmakers on the market despite suffering a broken left leg that ended his season in 2018. It was the second time in three years he ended a season on IR with the same injury. He missed the final five games in 2016.

Thomas had a rod inserted in his fractured left leg to aid his chances to recover fully and decrease the possibility of another fracture.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : United States