Earl Thomas' future with Ravens in question following fight with teammate at practice
The NFL veteran was reportedly sent home from Ravens practice on Friday and did not appear on Saturday.According to ESPN, the fight stemmed from a missed assignment by Thomas and carried over to the sideline, where teammates and coaches needed to restrain the two players; Thomas, who reportedly raised his fists in the altercation, did not appear at Saturday's practice, though Clark was present.
The Baltimore Ravens will either cut or trade safety Earl Thomas after he got into a fight with a teammate at practice. The Cowboys , who sought former Jets safety Jamal Adams, is the favorite to land him , according to ESPN. The two sides have been talking.
The Baltimore Ravens are moving on from Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas - The Baltimore Ravens are abruptly parting ways with seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas two days after he punched fellow The Dallas Cowboys are the leading contender if he's released, per sources. Editor's Picks.
The Baltimore Ravens are preparing to part ways with star safety Earl Thomas, following a turbulent few months that saw him burn bridges with the entire organization. © Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Thomas is on his way out of Baltimore.
With Thomas on his way out of Baltimore, the Dallas Cowboys could look to take advantage with the hopes of bringing in the seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
Baltimore Ravens will either trade or release Earl Thomas
Just a year after signing Thomas to a four-year, $55 million contract, Baltimore is now ready to give up on the seven-time Pro Bowl safety. Despite the huge role he played in this becoming one of the NFL’s best defenses, the Ravens have had enough.
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Ravens safety Earl Thomas III missed practice Saturday according to reporters at training camp. The absence came a day after he was sent home from Previously, he spent nine years in Seattle where he made up part of the famed "Legion of Boom" secondary. Were Thomas to miss time, the Ravens
Earl Thomas ’ Ed Reed comparisons will never be louder now that he’s signing with the Ravens . While he may have hoped his hometown Cowboys would have made an offer, Dallas has proven to Baltimore is paying him to be a superstar as the centerpiece of its rebuilt defense; as long as he can
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Ravens will be moving on from Thomas on Sunday. The team is exploring its trade options for the 31-year-old, but is prepared to release him for conduct detrimental to the club.
Thomas was reportedly late for several team meetings during the 2019 season, but the real problems started this offseason. In May, he was involved in an off-field situation with his wife that led to the team questioning his future with the organization.
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Earl Thomas has not been welcomed back to Baltimore Ravens training camp after an altercation with It's also possible that the Ravens could shop Thomas on the trade market. Clark, by the way , was If Thomas ’ tone on social media is an accurate reflection, he sounds like a man who wants to
The @ Ravens situation with Earl Thomas could come to a head today. "Also continue to hear @ Ravens players have voiced strong support for DeShon Elliott as a rising safety should Earl Thomas be let go and players there also love free agent safety Tony Jefferson, who is almost all the way from
On Friday, the Ravens sent him home after he got into a physical altercation with teammate Chuck Clark. After the incident, several players reportedly made it clear to management that they wanted Thomas gone.
The Ravens would still carry a $25 million cap hit over the next two seasons if they released Thomas. Citing conduct detrimental to the team could help the club void some of that money, but Thomas could file a grievance to recoup what he is owed.
A trade remains in the Ravens’ best interest, but no team is likely to give up anything of value for Thomas given his contract and that he will be released at the end of the day.
When Thomas departs, the Ravens will turn to DeShon Elliott to become the starting free safety. A sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Elliott has struggled to stay healthy and would be a massive downgrade from Thomas.
Dallas Cowboys favored to sign Earl Thomas?
In recent days, the Cowboys have been busy clearing cap space that hinted a big move could be coming. The team released Gerald McCoy after his season-ending injury and recently restructured Tyron Smith’s contract.
Report: Ravens will either release or trade safety Earl Thomas after training camp confrontation
The Baltimore Ravens are done with safety Earl Thomas. The decision comes a day after Thomas, 31, got into a fight with safety Chuck Clark at practice. Following that practice, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the altercation between Clark and Thomas lasted too long. Thomas signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Ravens in 2019. He’s owed $10 million in 2020, but the team could avoid paying that salary if it suspends Thomas due to conduct detrimental to the team. Thomas would likely file a grievance if the team took that route. If Thomas is traded, the Dallas Cowboys are considered the leading contender to acquire the safety, according to Schefter.
Earl Thomas intends to sign a four-year, MM deal with the Ravens , according to ESPN.com’s For the Ravens , the deal gives them ample firepower and star power to replace Eric Weddle. Thomas comes to Baltimore with a decorated history. He’s been named first-team All-Pro three times
The Dallas Cowboys were never in it for free agent safety Earl Thomas and had moved on well before he achieved his goal with a four-year, million contract with the Baltimore He famously came up to Cowboys coach Jason Garrett after a game in 2017, asking him to come get him if free agency.
Dallas’ interest in Thomas isn’t surprising. The team made a push for him last offseason, and he would fill an obvious void in the secondary. It also helps that Thomas is a Texas native, and he could have a chance to return hom.
While Thomas can cause plenty of frustrations for coaches and teammates, there’s no denying the impact he makes on the field. A three-time member of the NFL’s First-Team All-Pro roster, he has recorded 72 pass deflections, 30 interceptions and 11 forced fumbles in his NFL career.
The Cowboys already looked like a Super Bowl contender this season. If they can add Thomas to their defense, there is more than enough talent on both sides of the ball to win it all in 2020.
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All 32 NFL defenses, ranked
The NFL has more offense than ever, but defense still has a place in winning championships. Here's a look at how all 32 defenses stack up going into training camp.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh's defense is full of star power with Cameron Heyward up front, pass rushers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, young inside linebacker Devin Bush, and safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds. The result last season was a defense ranking tied for fifth in points allowed and fifth in yards. The offense might be able to take care of the ball better with Ben Roethlisberger under center, which could go a long way in improving the points allowed.
2. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are a perennial powerhouse on defense, allowing only 17.6 points per game last year, third best. The team's talent only got better in the offseason with the additions of Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe on the defensive line, along with rookie linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison. The secondary is elite with Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, and Earl Thomas, and coordinator Don Martindale's scheme frequently confuses quarterbacks.
3. Buffalo Bills
Head coach Sean McDermott has done a nice job building the Bills into a playoff team during his tenure, and that starts with the upgraded defense. The Bills allowed the second fewest points in the NFL last season, only trailing the rival Patriots. There have been some significant losses in the offseason like Shaq Lawson, Jordan Phillips, and Lorenzo Alexander, but the core of the unit remains intact with Jerry Hughes, Tremaine Edmunds, and a star-studded secondary led by corner Tre'Davious White.
5. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings defense has been one of the league's most consistent since Mike Zimmer was hired in 2014, ranking in the top 11 in points allowed each season. They were fifth best in that category last year, even with poor cornerback play. Minnesota saw significant offseason turnover with the losses of three of their top four corners, along with 10-year defensive end Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph. As a result, the cash-strapped squad drafted two new cornerbacks in the first three rounds. There remains star power at all three levels led by pass rusher Danielle Hunter and linebacker Eric Kendricks, and there's no reason to think Zimmer won't still be able to get the job done.
6. New England Patriots
Head coach Bill Belichick helped produce one of the best defenses of his career in 2019, which is saying a lot considering the defenses he architected with the Giants and New England. The team led the NFL with 14.1 points allowed per game, and were especially elite in the secondary, led by Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore. The loss of nearly the entire linebacking corps from 2019 is worrisome, along with safety Patrick Chung, but Belichick has continuously filled holes on his defense better than any coach in the game.
7. Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has undergone a culture transformation under head coach Mike Vrabel over the last two years, and the defense has made great strides, ranking third in points allowed in 2018 and 12th last season. The team's recent draft picks have produced, as 2018 linebacker draftees Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry had solidified the second level, and 2019 first rounder Jeffery Simmons showed great flashes after returning from injury. The team has found a star in interception machine Kevin Byard, and they're hopeful the addition of former Falcon Vic Beasley will spark the pass rush.
8. Denver Broncos
Denver has had a defensive reputation since winning the Super Bowl five years ago, and the defense still ranked 10th in points allowed last year despite the notable injury to Bradley Chubb. It's taken time for Vic Fangio to get his players in the scheme, but the transition could be complete with the addition of A.J. Bouye, joining 2019 cornerback acquisition Bryce Callahan. There remains plenty of talent at all three levels even after the losses of Derek Wolfe and Chris Harris Jr., and the defense is still led by Von Miller, entering his 10th season.
9. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs offense got most of the attention last year, but it was their defensive improvement that made them a Super Bowl winner. The team switched to the 4-3 under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, spending huge money on Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu in the offseason. Those moves worked out perfectly, and the team was also happy to re-sign star defensive tackle Chris Jones during the offseason. Stopping the run remains an issue for Kansas City, but they allowed the seventh fewest points in 2019 and return all of their top talent from last season.
11. Chicago Bears
It shouldn't have been a shock to see the Bears regress from their elite 2018 unit with the loss of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and some personnel, but they still allowed the fourth fewest points in football last year. The pass rush disappointed with Khalil Mack having a down year, and the team hopes the return of Akiem Hicks form injury and addition of Robert Quinn remedies that issue. Still, the optout of nose tackle Eddie Goldman certainly hurts the team on the interior. The secondary also saw some major offseason changes with the losses of Prince Amukamara and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but anchors Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson remain.
12. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers defense regressed last season, going from eighth best in points allowed to 14th last year, though the offense also put them in bad spots far too often with turnovers. Derwin James' injury also played a big role in the Chargers struggles. The team looks better on paper this year with James' return, along with nose tackle Linval Joseph, first-round linebacker Kenneth Murray, and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Elite pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram still performed well last year, but got little help, as the team had a total of 30 sacks.
13. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts successfully addressed their pass rush issues last offseason by signing Justin Houston, but they couldn't account for the collapse of the offense, going from 10th in points allowed in 2018 to 2019 last year. They made even more effort to improve the pass rush this offseason by trading their first-round pick for DeForest Buckner, and the Colts also have new corners with T.J. Carrie and Xavier Rhodes. The front seven remains the clear strength, with young linebackers Darius Leonard, Anthony Walker, and Bobby Okereke showing elite potential together. Coordinator Matt Eberflus has made a name for himself since establishing his Cover 2 defense, and has had more to work with each season.
14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Todd Bowles has a great reputation as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, and he certainly deserves part of the credit for Tampa Bay's defensive resurgence last year, going from sixth most yard allowed to 15th least. Unfortunately, the yardage didn't carry over much points improvement due in large part to Jameis Winston's 30 interceptions on offense. The team did build an elite pass rush with the additions of Shaq Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Ndamukong Suh, and they also got great contributions from rookies Sean Murphy-Bunting and Devin White. Most of Tampa's offseason additions this year were on offense, but second-round safety Antoine Winfield Jr. has a chance to make an immediate impact.
15. Green Bay Packers
Few defenses showed bigger improvement in 2019 than the Packers, who addressed their pass rush by signing Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith, while also drafting Rashan Gary in the first round. Green Bay has top players on all three levels with Kenny Clark at nose tackle and a great cornerback tandem of Jaire Alexander and Kevin King. Christian Kirksey's addition will be key, as the team opted to led tackling machine Blake Martinez walk in free agency. The Pack went from 22nd in points allowed during 2018 to ninth last season, and hope to keep rising.
17. Cleveland Browns
Like their offense, Cleveland's defense underachieved last year considering their talent, allowing 25 points per game. The pass rush was particularly disappointing with Olivier Vernon struggling to stay healthy and Myles Garrett missing the end of the year due to a suspension. Garrett's return should make a difference, and the experience gained by the very young secondary led by Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams could also lead to improvement. New coordinator Joe Woods is inexperienced but comes with acclaim from the 49ers.
18. Philadelphia Eagles
Coordinator Jim Schwartz helped produce an elite defense in Philadelphia's 2017 Super Bowl season, but the team regressed to average over the last two years with poor play in the secondary. They traded for cornerback difference maker Darius Slay from Detroit, and have also spent on the defensive line with tackle Javon Hargrave. As usual, this is a defense built up front with stars Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox, and the team is hopeful for a breakout from Derek Barnett in his fourth season.
19. Seattle Seahawks
Last year's defense was the second worst in Pete Carroll's 10 years with Seattle, ranking 22nd in points allowed, yet it didn't show in their final 11-5 record due to continued dominance with takeaways. The biggest concern going into 2020 is clearly the pass rush, as Seattle ranked second worst in sacks last season and have lost Jadeveon Clowney. Still, the linebackers remain terrific with first-round pick Jordyn Brooks joining veterans Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, and the team has gone all-in by trading two first-round picks for former Jets safety Jamal Adams. Adams gives the team the ability to get creative with blitzes, which they will need to overcome Clowney's absence.
20. Los Angeles Rams
The Rams defense has ranked about average in Sean McVay's three seasons, which has been enough to keep the team on a winning track. They finishing 17th in points allowed and 13th in yards last year, but the losses of Cory Littleton and Dante Fowler are concerning going into 2020. Defensive stars Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey are still set to be around for the long haul, and the team moved on from acclaimed coordinator Wade Phillips after three seasons. It will be interesting to see the impact of the transition from Phillips to Brandon Staley, formerly an outside linebackers coach for the Broncos.
21. New York Jets
The Jets defense showed improvement last year with experienced coordinator Gregg Williams on board, going from 29th to 16th in points allowed. The development of 2019 first-round pick Quinnen Williams and return to health of linebacker C.J. Mosley should help up front, but the team clearly downgraded at safety after giving into Jamal Adams' trade demands. The team has undergone further changes in the secondary with the addition of cornerback Pierre Desir. With the loss of Adams, even holding serve this year should be considered a success for Gregg Williams and company.
22. Arizona Cardinals
The defense was constantly Kliff Kingsbury's shortcoming at Texas Tech, and that continued into the NFL last season with the Cardinals ranking fifth worst in points allowed (27.6 points per game) and dead last in yards. Vance Joseph has a lot more pressure in his second season as the defensive coordinator, particularly with the additions of Jordan Phillips, De'Vondre Campbell, and rookie Isaiah Simmons. It also should be noted that the team was without star cornerback Patrick Peterson for much of last year. Pass rusher Chandler Jones remains one of the most productive at his craft. It would be a surprise if the Cardinals don't see some improvement.
23. Atlanta Falcons
Despite head coach Dan Quinn's defensive background, the Falcons defense was deteriorated over the last few seasons. The defense allowed the 10th most points, and continued to struggle both in the secondary and getting to the passer. The team address those areas by replacing Vic Beasley with Dante Fowler, adding Charles Harris, and drafting A.J. Terrell. Better health would also help, as safety Keanu Neal has missed most of the last two seasons. 2020 is likely do-or-die for the coaching staff, but this unit has potential.
24. Washington Football Team
Washington was bad in all phases last season, including a defense that allowed the sixth most points and yards in the league. That was disconcerting considering how much talent they had after the signing of safety Landon Collins, and the team has added to the defense this offseason with first-round pick Chase Young, Thomas Davis, Kendall Fuller, and Sean Davis. New head coach Ron Rivera's impact should also help, as should the return of veteran staple Ryan Kerrigan after missing time due to injury for the first time in 2019.
25. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders defense has consistently been in the bottom half of the league in points allowed, with an incredible streak of 17 consecutive seasons. It's no coincidence that the Raiders have only one winning season during that time. The pass rush improved from dead last in 2018 in points allowed and sacks with the addition of draftees Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby, Trayvon Mullen, and Johnathan Abram. Abram returns from injury this year, and the team spent money on Maliek Collins, Cory Littleton, Nick Kwiatkowski, and Damarious Randall. There's still a lot of ground to cover, but the talent is light years ahead of where it was when Jon Gruden arrived two years ago.
26. Houston Texans
Houston's defense has lacked consistency in recent years, and there were clear changes to be made after they collapsed in the playoffs vs. the Chiefs, blowing a 24-0 lead in the second quarter. Relying on J.J. Watt to be the pass rush is high stakes these days when he's struggling to stay healthy, and the team also allowed D.J. Reader to walk, replacing him with rookie Ross Blacklock. The play of the secondary has been flat out bad recently, with very little reliability beyond Bradley Roby last year. The Texans promoted Anthony Weaver to defensive coordinator over long-time coordinator Romeo Crennel, but it's difficult to see the unit improving without a full campaign from Watt.
27. Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati's defense has been a mess over the last two seasons, but the work the front office did in the offseason can't be understated. The team added D.J. Reader up front, addressed linebacker in the draft, and rebuilt their secondary with corners Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander. It's risky to bet on newcomers this year with the abbreviated offseason, but the Bengals defense should improve after allowing 26 points per contest last season, especially with a strong defensive line still rocking with Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, and Sam Hubbard.
28. Detroit Lions
Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is running out of time in Detroit with a defense that allowed the seventh most points in the NFL during 2019. As was the case last offseason, Detroit's answer has been to add more former Patriots familiar with the system. Trey Flowers cashed in last season, and this year former Pats Danny Shelton, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon have come on board. The team also replaced star corner Darius Slay with first-round pick Jeff Okudah, a risky bargain for a team looking to win now.
29. Miami Dolphins
To the surprise of no one, Miami's defense struggled after a complete firesale last season that even included the in-season trade of 2018 first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick. The result was a unit that ranked dead last in points allowed and third worst in yards. With plenty of money to spend this offseason, the Dolphins added Shaq Lawson, Elandon Roberts, Kyle Van Noy, and Byron Jones, among others. They also spent early-round picks on corner Noah Igbinoghene and defensive lineman Raekwon Davis. It could take a while for Miami's defense to develop, but they certainly have more talent in head coach Brian Flores' second year.
30. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville's talent went downhill quickly. Just a few years ago they had one of the most talented young defensive units in the NFL, with a group that included Calais Campbell, Telvin Smith, Jalen Ramsey, and A.J. Bouye leading them to the AFC Championship. All of those players are gone, and the team is coming off a season in which they ranked 21st in points allowed. If Yannick Ngakoue is willing to stick around, Jacksonville does have an imposing sack duo with him and Josh Allen, and the second level was rebuilt with Joe Schobert and rookie K'Lavon Chaisson joining Myles Jack. Still, defense has clearly been downgraded after losing Ramsey and Campbell recently
31. New York Giants
Four years ago the Giants went 11-5 with a defense that allowed the second fewest points in the NFL. The defense has plummeted since then, allowing the third most points last year after losing Olivier Vernon and Landon Collins. Despite acquiring Leonard Williams at midseason, the team struggled to generate much pass rush. They haven't done much to address that issue, but the Giants did spent big money on linebacker Blake Martinez and cornerback James Bradberry. Going into training camp, 2019 first-round pick Deandre Baker's legal troubles could keep him away from the team, and there remain big holes for new coordinator Patrick Graham to fix.
32. Carolina Panthers
Carolina built a defensive reputation under Ron Rivera but probably hung on to their players too long. As a result, they've basically blown up the defense during the offseason, with head coach Matt Rhule opting for a rebuild. Gone are franchise staples Luke Kuechly, Mario Addison, and James Bradberry. This year will likely be a work in progress, as the Panthers spent their entire draft on defense, led by first-round pick Derrick Brown.
49ers not interested in Earl Thomas .
San Francisco’s brass obviously likes what it has in current starting free safety Jimmie Ward. After some injury issues throughout his career, the former first-round pick played exceedingly well last season en route to helping the 49ers to a shocking Super Bowl appearance. San Francisco rewarded Ward with a three-year, $28.5 million contract in March.Dallas Cowboys now odds-on favorites to sign Earl Thomas? When news of his release became public record this past weekend, Thomas was linked to the Cowboys more than any other team.It makes perfect sense.