Safety Earl Thomas has agreed to a four-year, $55 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, the team confirmed Wednesday.
The Ravens also agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract with running back Mark Ingram.
A six-time Pro Bowl selection, 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.
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.
According to reports, Thomas receives $32 million in guarantees.
Coveted but injury-prone?
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.
His most recent fracture came as he was trying to stop an Arizona Cardinals touchdown on Sept. 30. As Thomas was carted off the field he raised his middle finger toward the Seahawks’ sideline, an apparent gesture of frustration after a contract dispute that included a holdout and an offseason of trade rumors.
Thomas had 22 tackles and three interceptions in four games prior to his injury in 2018. He has 28 career interceptions in 125 games while earning three first-team All-Pro selections.
–Field Level Media