Thomas, who was in the second year of a $55 million deal, was sent home from practice on Friday following a heated, physical altercation with fellow safety Chuck Clark.
There will likely be a grievance and Baltimore will pursue money back from Thomas.
“Leadership Council made it clear to decision-makers they would prefer Thomas not be around,” CBS relayed over the weekend. Ravens players “strongly” support Clark.
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Cowboys Seen As Favorite to Land Thomas
The Cowboys are the favorite to land Thomas, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The former Texas Longhorn has been linked to Jerry Jones’ club in the past.
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).
The Cowboys ranked 19th on defense last season, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA, though this unit will look different in 2020. The club lost stud cornerback Byron Jones and reliable lineman Robert Quinn in free agency but reloaded with some shrewd signings on the D-Line and added Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round of the draft. Adding Thomas would be another nice addition from an on-field standpoint.
Off the field, it may be a different story. 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. Now, with Baltimore opting to cut ties, the safety will be another team’s problem.