Mark Ingram signs three-year deal with the Ravens

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2019

"Former Seahawks' S Earl Thomas intends to sign a four-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million fully guaranteed at signing with the Baltimore Ravens, league source tells ESPN". But on Tuesday, the Saints agreed to sign running back Latavius Murray to a four-year, $14.4 million contract to bring the free agent from the Minnesota Vikings.

The Ravens have had trouble finding a true ball-hawking safety since Ed Reed and they get that with Thomas, as he has 28 career interceptions and had three a year ago (Pro Football Reference) before he sustained a broken leg in Week 4 vs. the Arizona Cardinals.

That gives Thomas an average per-year salary of $13.75 million, which puts Thomas just behind the $14 million per year of Landon Collins (who signed this week with Washington) and Tyrann Mathieu (who signed with Kansas City). After not missing a game in his first six seasons, he wound up on injured reserve with broken legs in two of the last three years.

There were rumors last night that he was signing with the Cleveland Browns but ultimately that fell through and the Ravens get their replacement for Eric Weddle.

Thomas had been connected to the Dallas Cowboys and his home state of Texas, but the Cowboys reportedly did not want to meet Thomas' contract demands. "(In recent years, Seattle drafted) Delano Hill, Tedric Thompson - guys that got their feet wet a year ago when Earl Thomas got hurt. But those reports were quashed early Wednesday morning, and news then broke of his signing with the Ravens.

Thomas spent nine years in Seattle, where he was one of the anchors of the Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" defense.

I suspect that's what Jerry and Stephen Jones were thinking in Dallas, but it is clearly not the structure Thomas or his agent were seeking and ultimately received from a Ravens team needing to add a playmaker on defense after releasing starting safety Weddle (who signed with the Rams) and losing an excellent pass-rusher in Za'Darius Smith (who is signing with Green Bay).

Thomas was a first-team All-Pro pick three times. Martindale is likely clicking his heels now that the team has a player like Thomas and although Thomas has had a tough time staying healthy at times the last few seasons, his presence is irreplaceable and unmatched.

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