Earl Thomas wants to play again

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It’s been a while since safety Earl Thomas has been on a football field, but he’d like to change that soon.

Thomas signed a four-year deal with the Ravens before the 2019 season, but only played one season for Baltimore before being released after a practice altercation with fellow safety Chuck Clark. Thomas punched Clark during that incident and Ravens players did not want Thomas to continue on as a member of the team.

There were visits and discussions with other teams, but Thomas never signed on with anyone and has missed the last two seasons. The soon-to-be 33-year-old would like to resume his career this season.

“I’m ready,” Thomas told Adam Schefter of ESPN. “I’m in shape. My timing is on point — I’m proud of that.”

Thomas was a three-time All-Pro and one of the best defensive backs in the league during most of his time with the Seahawks, which will likely be enough to earn him a few looks around the league. We’re well removed from those seasons, however, and Thomas has accumulated a good deal of rust since being dispatched by the Ravens, so there may not be much more than those looks in his future.

45 responses to “Earl Thomas wants to play again

  1. Didnt the defense hold a team meeting without him, in which they all agreed that they wanted him off the team? That says a lot.

  2. USFL would make a nice proving ground if any players would want to be around him. Perhaps he should also state having made an attitude adjustment as part of his selling point.

  3. You’ll put up with a head case if he’s a hall of fame caliber player in his prime. Which Earl absolutely was in Seattle.

    But he’d lost several steps already. It’s telling the team voted him off. It’s even more telling that Dan Quinn and Jerry Jones didn’t bring him in while revamping that Dallas defense.

    And now he has a couple years of rust, too?

  4. Is Earl Thomas a Hall of Famer? I am guessing that he is, or does the way it ended in Seattle and Baltimore change that?

    Anyway, unsure if this juice is worth the squeeze anymore.

  5. If he can still run, he could be a dangerous piece in Miami’s secondary, which is already pretty stacked. Could use a veteran FS though to play next to the stud, Jevon Holland. Brandon Jones is a solid player already but might be time to move on from Eric Rowe.

    Hard to believe he’s got much juice left though. Maybe Eric Weddle inspired him?

  6. I’m sure he can be an upgrade for many teams. He would be more valuable if a team could depend on him for some veteran leadership. That seems unlikely.

  7. Looking back over the past 12 years…Earl Thomas was the only Seattle Seahawks 1st round pick that wasn’t a bust and made it to a 2nd contract. That’s 1st round futility.

  8. Goodbye Earl! When your own teammates don’t want any part of your act, it’s time for an attitude and career adjustment. How about MMA or WWE? You can kick, punch and flip off people to year heart’s desire.

  9. “I’m ready to play. My money is running out and I’m starting to freak out a bit so someone sign me please!”

  10. Is Earl Thomas a Hall of Famer? I am guessing that he is, or does the way it ended in Seattle and Baltimore change that?
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    Seahawks Ring of Honor, for sure.. well, if they look past the bird incident.

    Borderline HOFr, IMO. 30 INTs, 2x 1st Team All-Pro, 3x 2nd Team All-Pro.

    Maybe if they had won that 2nd Super Bowl..

  11. The way he went out this isnt happening. Zero interest from any team. Go ahead and retire.

  12. That fight and the fact that the team wanted him gone…
    That’s significant. Teams won’t put up with locker room trouble unless it’s a huge payoff on the field.

  13. If Jerry Jones didn’t try to sign him already, then I doubt any team wants him at all.

  14. I believe that ship has sailed. Having your entire team vote that they wanted him out is unheard of. It takes a special kind of person to alienate everyone. I think teams are done putting up with people like that. Plus, his skills have diminished…a lot. Why would some team want a worn out has-been with an attitude problem?

    He’s probably broke.

  15. Looking back over the past 12 years, Seattle has traded out of the first round like 5 times. And Seattle has been a playoff team with late first round picks (Bruce Irvin at 15th overall was the last highest pick by Seattle). Russell Okung had glass high ankles by the time he became a free agent (at the end of his 6 year rookie contract) but he was not a bust. Earl Thomas, not a bust. James Carpenter was disappointing because of ACL injury but helped the team win one superbowl and lose another, certainly not a bust. Bruce Irvin would’ve stayed around but we opted to keep Bobby Wagner instead of picking up Irvin’s 5th year (i.e. not a bust). Germain Ifedi was not terrible, but not good enough to extend, so I’ll give you Ifedi and Rashad Penny as “busts”. You want “1st round futility” look no further than the Browns or Jags.

  16. So is Tyran Mathieu…. Players take note, anger your fans by running your mouth and you too will find yourself taking 1 year deals or early retirement…

  17. If he were to come back and play again, wouldn’t he still be subject to discipline by the League for the incident that happened before he left?

  18. Any mention at all of regretting past behavior would have gone a long way. Instead, he says he’s proud of himself. So nothing’s changed, except that he’s two years older.

  19. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    April 22, 2022 at 10:49 am
    Is Earl Thomas a Hall of Famer? I am guessing that he is, or does the way it ended in Seattle and Baltimore change that?
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    Seahawks Ring of Honor, for sure.. well, if they look past the bird incident.

    Borderline HOFr, IMO. 30 INTs, 2x 1st Team All-Pro, 3x 2nd Team All-Pro.

    Maybe if they had won that 2nd Super Bowl..

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    Rodney Harrison isn’t even in the HOF. Thomas is not a HOFer.

    Harrison played in 4 SBs and has 2 rings.

    Harrison>>Thomas

  20. Broncos already have an older vet safety in Kareem Jackson. I doubt they will make a move for Thomas.

  21. His options are likely Dallas and Cleveland as their front offices are smarter than everyone else in the room.

  22. Harrison>>Thomas
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    Different positions, entirely different players.

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