Earl Thomas incident doesn’t affect his contract

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The Ravens may indeed be exploring whether last month’s bizarre incident involving safety Earl Thomas and/or his failure to report it promptly to the team violates his contract and/or voids his $10 million guaranteed salary for 2020. That doesn’t mean it will happen.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the Ravens have no basis to contend that Thomas violated the contract or voided his guaranteed salary.

Thomas was not arrested; if anything, he was the victim not the aggressor in the altercation with his wife, that resulted in his wife allegedly pointing a gun to his head and chasing him with a knife.

It’s believed that, if a team source did indeed tell the Baltimore Sun that the team is exploring a potential violation, the team source is a low-level staffer who either doesn’t understand the situation and/or is looking to stir up trouble for Thomas.

If the Ravens could void the $10 million guarantee and walk away from the deal, they possibly would. But they can’t. At most, they have the ability cut Thomas and realize an offset for whatever he earns elsewhere. Chances are he wouldn’t earn $10 million.

19 responses to “Earl Thomas incident doesn’t affect his contract

  1. I was reading an article on another (lesser) sports website that referred to him as a “future hall of famer” and literally lol’d

  2. The fact they are looking for fine print flaws doesn’t bode well for him. They obviously want out

  3. Being involved in a significant Domestic Violence incident, regardless of status, seems like the team should have been notified. It doesn’t & shouldn’t get leaked. Being the victim, I doubt he violated his contract.

  4. If you don’t think Earl Thomas is a HOF player, you don’t know football.

  5. Gotta feel bad for the kids. Mom pulled a gun on dad for cheating rumors. That is the last thing a kid needs to see from their parents.

  6. tommymomoney says:
    May 8, 2020 at 2:52 pm
    If you don’t think Earl Thomas is a HOF player, you don’t know football.
    ————————————————

    FWIW, if Rodney Harrison is not an HOF player, Earl Thomas is not an HOF player.

  7. If NFL players got suspended for cheating on their wives, they’d never be able to put 53 men on the field!

  8. Lesson ladies. If you catch your husband cheating, then lawyer up, if necessary. There’s no excuse to threaten with a gun. Earl shouldn’t be cut nor suspended. Let those two work it out

  9. I’d say earl is practically guaranteed to be in the hall of fame.

    He’s been the best free safety in the league for a decade.

  10. Maybe he should talk with LeSean “the bugman” McCoy about getting rid of pests.

  11. Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
    7× Pro Bowl (2011–2015, 2017, 2019)
    3× First-team All-Pro (2012–2014)
    2× Second-team All-Pro (2011, 2017)
    NFL 2010s All-Decade Team

    I’d say Earl will make the cut for the HOF when his career is over.

  12. I’m guessing they don’t want any bad publicity if something does happen. Steve Mccnair had a similar situation and that was very sad moment for all.

  13. He should of just invited the wife to join in on the fun. All this could have been avoided.

  14. His dead cap is $10 million NEXT year. This year its 25 million. Highly doubt Ravens eat that

  15. Adopt the Whitehouse strategy. Just say, “it’s fake news, never happened”. Works every time.

  16. It’s too bad in this downtime the Ravens fans haven’t reflected on the fact that yet again despite their impressive regular season they LOST again in the playoffs. It’s all bluster and delusion.
    When was the last time you won a playoff game? When did Lamar win a playoff game, again?
    And if you think Earl did nothing wrong and is a well-behaved, model citizen and teammate then I am very scared for you. The dude is an undisciplined, me-first safety who spouts his mouth constantly, while on the field he doesn’t dare to tackle anyone (remember him watching Henry run right by him)?
    I don’t like the Seahawks but they were glad to see him and his middle finger go.

  17. LamarIsAGoodRunningBack says:
    May 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm
    It’s too bad in this downtime the Ravens fans haven’t reflected on the fact that yet again despite their impressive regular season they LOST again in the playoffs. It’s all bluster and delusion.
    When was the last time you won a playoff game? When did Lamar win a playoff game, again?
    And if you think Earl did nothing wrong and is a well-behaved, model citizen and teammate then I am very scared for you. The dude is an undisciplined, me-first safety who spouts his mouth constantly, while on the field he doesn’t dare to tackle anyone (remember him watching Henry run right by him)?
    I don’t like the Seahawks but they were glad to see him and his middle finger go.

    1 3 Rate This

    It’s hard to take seriously the opinion of someone whose commenting name is the same insult he’s trying to make in all his comments. Who announces that their entire point of view will be to insult one guy? You only have football opinions about one guy??
    Lamar is clearly the MVP in your head.
    He’s also the MVP of the NFL.

  18. While he’s a great player, he’s a clown and Seattle was smart to move on from his antics.

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