Earl Thomas considering NFL return

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After a two-year absence from football, Earl Thomas, a seven-time Pro Bowl safe, would do well to return to the NFL.

Thomas, an Orange native who turns 33 next month, hasn’t played since training camp in 2020, when he was released by the Baltimore Ravens.

“I’m ready,” Thomas told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday. “I’m in good shape. My timing is perfect – I’m proud of that.”

In 2019, Thomas signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Ravens, which included $32 million in guaranteed money. It was the highest amount awarded to a free agent in franchise history.


However, Thomas only lasted one season in Baltimore. After a year in the Pro Bowl in Baltimore, he was released following an altercation in training camp with fellow security Chuck Clark. Thomas punched Clark and other Ravens players apparently did not want Thomas to continue as a member of the team.

Thomas then filed a grievance against the Ravens for his guaranteed $10 million salary in 2020, but Baltimore refused to pay, saying he breached his contract through misconduct.

Houston Texas brought in Thomas for a visit in September 2020, but did not sign veteran safety.

A graduate of the University of Texas, Thomas made his name in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” defense. His hard hitting and ability to sell balls made Thomas an All-Pro from 2012-14.

But Thomas left Seattle on bad terms in 2018, infamously returning the middle finger to coach Pete Carroll as he was carried off the field with a broken leg in his final game as a Seahawk.

Thomas attended West Orange-Stark High School, where he was an all-state performer in football and track and field.

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