Earl Thomas has been released by the Baltimore Ravens. Now that that has happened, his likely future destinations will lead him to face Seattle in 2020.
I personally want the Seahawks to get the better of Earl Thomas. His final on the field for the Seahawks saw Earl Thomas flipping off the Seattle sideline as he was being carted off. After the 2019 season, Seattle let Earl Thomas leave via free agency and Thomas signed with the Baltimore Ravens. But now the Ravens have released him and the teams most likely to sign him will play the Seahawks this year.
Here is the warning to teams wanting to sign Thomas. He brings baggage and might be a locker room problem. Earl Thomas is a likely future Hall of Famer and is still ridiculously talented physically. Mentally, though, he was always a bit odd in Seattle. He had a weird way of saying things and also famously went to the Cowboys locker room as a member of the Seahawks after a Seattle win in 2017 and told the Cowboys coach to please sign him.
Did coach Pete Carroll say anything about that after the game? No. But clearly the moment did not sit well with Seahawks brass as the first moment Seattle had a chance to let Thomas go. they did. Maybe Thomas wasn’t released, but he wasn’t even offered to be re-signed. This means Seattle did not want him back.
Earl Thomas’s next team
But after a year with the Baltimore Ravens, he clearly ruffled feathers with his teammates. On Friday, Earl Thomas was involved in a practice altercation and on Sunday the team released him. The Ravens Leadership Council, made up of fellow teammates, did not want him back. That says a lot about the attitude of Thomas who physically has Hall of Fame talent.
The possible suitors for Thomas are reported to be the Dallas Cowboys and even the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle plays the Cowboys in week 3 and obviously plays the 49ers twice each year. I am assuming the Cowboys sign Thomas. This means the Seahawks will once again face Earl Thomas in 2020 at CenturyLink. Only this time it won’t be as a Raven, it will be as another team battling for an NFC playoff spot.