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Earl Thomas determined to make an impact in 2019

June 25, 2019 - 10:46 am


By Austin Medina  

When the Ravens signed safety Earl Thomas in March, there was plenty of praise. The six-time Pro Bowler agreed to a four-year, $55 million contract to play in Baltimore.

However there was some uncertainty of the player the Ravens were signing. Thomas, 30, broke his left leg in a Week 4 matchup while playing with the Seahawks. Before the injury, he continued to showcase his dominance against opposing offenses. 

Signing a player just north of 30, coming off a broken leg, isn’t an easy pill to swallow. But Earl Thomas isn’t any ordinary player.

Thomas has been a ball-hawking, centerfield safety since entering the league in 2010. He helped structure the Legion of Boom; the fierce Seattle secondary that made two Super Bowl appearances and won in 2013.

When the Ravens signed Thomas, flashbacks of soon-to-be Hall of Famer Ed Reed came to mind. His ability to create turnovers (28 career interceptions, 11 forced fumbles) is an added asset to an already strong Ravens defense, which ranked 2nd in total team defense.

Thomas has looked sharp in the offseason so far. Head coach John Harbaugh spoke on Thomas’ progress and what he expects heading into 2019.

"He has looked determined. He looks like he understands the defense. ... He looks crisp and sharp. He has been moving really well. He looks really good to me. I’m really excited about him," Harbaugh stated. 

It comes as no surprise that Thomas is back to form. Before breaking his leg, Thomas played all 16 games in each of his first six seasons.

The Ravens defense underwent a ton of changes in free agency. One change that will certainly benefit the team in 2019 is the signing of Thomas; a proven winner, hungry to show he’s still the best safety in the league.