Ravens dump safety Thomas

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

The Ravens ter­mi­nated the con­tract of seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who got in­volved in a fight with a team­mate Fri­day and did not at­tend prac­tice Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased Sun­day by the team, Thomas was re­leased “for per­sonal con­duct that ad­versely af­fected the Bal­ti­more Ravens.”

The ac­tion stems from Thomas’ fray with de­fen­sive back Chuck Clark at prac­tice af­ter Thomas ad­mit­tedly blew a cov­er­age as­sign­ment.

Al­though the Ravens don’t have some­one else with his tal­ent at free safety, keep­ing Thomas would have cre­ated the po­ten­tial for poor chem­istry on a team with as­pi­ra­tions of play­ing in the Su­per Bowl.

If Thomas was re­leased out­right, the Ravens would have taken a $15 mil­lion salarycap hit this year and $10 mil­lion in 2021. By void­ing his $10 mil­lion guar­an­teed salary for con­duct detri­men­tal to the team, he will count $5 mil­lion against the cap this sea­son and $10 mil­lion next year. He signed a fouryear, $55 mil­lion con­tract in March 2019.

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