Ravens rebound to secure RB Ingram, FS Thomas as free agents

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram breaks through the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense on a 17-yard touchdown run during an NFL football game on Dec. 9 2018 in Tampa Fla

NFL Rumors: Earl Thomas, Mark Ingram Going To Ravens As Part Of New-Look Core

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to sign Earl Thomas to a four-year, $55 million contract.

That Thomas turns 30 on May 7 and suffered season-ending broken legs two of the last three seasons had some observers wondering if he would truly get the big payday he so obviously desired, as evidenced by his holdout past year, especially as the free-agent legal-tampering period began Monday and players such as Mathieu and Collins signed huge contracts elsewhere. During his tenure there, the six-time Pro Bowler has racked up 664 tackles, 28 picks, and an endless loop of highlight reel plays for one of the best defensive units in football memory.

If I were a GM negotiating a deal with Thomas, given his injury history, I would have offered closer to $10 million per year between signing bonus and base salary on a two-year deal with big incentives that could get him to the coveted $14 million-per-year level. Ingram is 29 years old.

If there's any risk for the Ravens here, it's that they just gave $32 million in guaranteed money to a player coming off a broken leg. That doesn't mean they can't still improve at safety and another big name just became available as the Kansas City Chiefs released Eric Berry on Wednesday. Thomas was drawing interest from multiple teams over the past few days, including the Browns and Cowboys, but it seems the Ravens were the only team willing to meet his asking price.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news Wednesday afternoon. He began his career with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Thomas was one of the original members of the Seahawks' vaunted "Legion of Boom" that carried the franchise to a Super Bowl XLVIII triumph.

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See, when Thomas joins the Ravens, he'll partner with strong safety Tony Jefferson in the secondary.

After finishing the 2018 season as the top ranked yards-per-game defense in the league (292.9) and second in points-per-game (17.9), Thomas seems like the ideal fit.

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