Earl Thomas is in the second year of a $55 million deal, though he may not finish that contract in Baltimore. Thomas may have cost himself his job by getting in a heated argument with safety Chuck Clark.
Thomas was sent home from practice following the altercation, which was sparked by him missing an assignment, per ESPN.
“Leadership Council made it clear to decision-makers they would prefer Thomas not be around,” CBS relays. Ravens players “strongly” support Clark and the team could release or trade the former Seahawk.
Thomas was in the news earlier this offseason when he was involved in a bizarre gun incident. Thomas was reportedly caught cheating on his wife, along with his brother, and his wife caught Earl and held him at gunpoint. There was chatter that the Ravens were aiming to void Thomas’ contract, though that never came to fruition.
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The Ravens had the fourth-best defense in the league last season, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA, which coincided with Thomas’ first season in Baltimore. Baltimore notched 14 wins last season, though their win total for this year is 11.5 (GambetDC).
“We’ll find out the details of it,” head coach John Harbaugh said (via the Baltimore Sun). “It just lasted longer than it needed to for me. You’re going to have these things in training camp. I think you’re going to have tempers flare, sure. It happens every training camp, especially right about now, probably. But I don’t like them when they extend like that and eat into our reps, and we’re going to have to find out why and make sure that doesn’t happen. We need to keep our eye on the prize, which is preparing for the Browns.”
Baltimore’s first game against Cleveland is September 13.