Cowboys Signing Earl Thomas After Ravens Disaster
The Dallas Cowboys are signing Earl Thomas after the disaster that was his time with the Baltimore Ravens.
On Friday, Thomas was sent home following a fight with teammate Chuck Clark. One day later, reports began to emerge that influential players on Baltimore’s roster wanted the 31-year-old gone. In response, Thomas released footage of what transpired between him and Clark, offering his side of the story in the process.
Earl Thomas responds via Instagram, acknowledging his altercation with teammate Chuck Clark began with a mental error by Thomas in practice Friday. pic.twitter.com/hPXkjKmTpw
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 22, 2020
“Being sent home sucks I can’t take the reps I need to keep momentum going,” he wrote on Instagram.
“But I can reflect on things and keep working my plan to help the team win… This has been one of of my best camps crazy a situation like this can through dirt on it. A mental error on my part,” he continued.
“A Busted coverage that I tried to explain calmly meet with built up aggression turned into me getting into with a teammate.
“Since we didn’t keep it in house and I’m getting text and calls from ESPN reporters etc: thought I’d try and clear the air. Situations like this narrow my window for error but this the path I choose.”
Shortly after Thomas published his message, the Ravens signaled privately that they would either trade or release the 31-year-old.
Cowboys Intend To Sign Earl Thomas
Dallas immediately emerged as the likeliest contender to sign Thomas once his release goes through.
Though the Cowboys already have Clinton Dix and Xavier Woods, Thomas would significantly upgrade the secondary. Given how serious Dallas is about making a legitimate Super Bowl push in 2020, adding talent when it is available seems like a logical move.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter confirmed on Sunday that Dallas was in fact the most likely landing spot for Thomas, once he parts ways with Baltimore.
Ravens are moving on from Pro Bowl S Earl Thomas today, sources tell ESPN. They either will release him for conduct detrimental to the team – punching S Chuck Clark – or trade him. Dallas is the leading contender if he’s released, per sources. But his time in Baltimore is over. pic.twitter.com/eJeTuHD1mI
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 23, 2020
Earl Thomas And The Ravens Were A Bad Combo
Thomas is Super Bowl-winning seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro who made the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team. His credentials are objectively excellent. But he was an unmitigated disaster with the Ravens.
Last season, he recorded a mere two interceptions and provided the defense’s lowlight of the year when he found himself on the wrong end of a brutal Derrick Henry stiff arm in the postseason.
If Thomas had been more productive in 2020 for Baltimore, the organization likely wouldn’t be so intent on cutting bait with him over this one unfortunate incident. However, he wasn’t – and they are.
The former Seattle Seahawks star has seemingly pissed off all the wrong people on the Ravens roster, and now he finds himself out on an island.
Fortunately, there are worse ways to bounce back than landing with the Cowboys.
Dallas is a team that is on the upswing in a division full of question marks. Although the Ravens have a better shot at winning the Super Bowl this year, the Cowboys are no slouches either. If Thomas plays well for them, he could prove a lot of people wrong in 2020.