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Earl Thomas thought he was going to sign with Chiefs

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas signed with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week, inking a four-year, $55 million contract. He didn’t become the highest-paid safety in the NFL like he had hoped, but he still landed a pretty nice deal. However, before Thomas signed with the Ravens, he thought he was headed to the Kansas City Chiefs on a potential prove-it deal before testing the open market yet again:

“I thought I was going to go Kansas City on like a two-year deal, one-year deal, and I was just going to bet on myself and hit the market again [next year or in 2021], and then my agents called me,” Thomas said, per the Ravens’ official team website. “. . .They said that Baltimore has made a deal for you. I said, ‘Hell, yeah. That’s where I’m going.’”

Thomas was thrilled with Baltimore’s offer, and in exchange, he is promising to show just as much dedication as the Ravens showed him:

“It checks off everything on the list that I need to know, and I’m going to give that commitment right back,” Thomas said.

The 29-year-old spent the 2018 campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, playing in just four games before suffering a broken leg. During the time he was on the field, Thomas registered 22 tackles, three interceptions, and five passes defended.

Thomas, who played his collegiate football at the University of Texas, was originally selected by the Seahawks with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He went on to make six Pro Bowl appearances while earning three First-Team All-Pro selections during his time in Seattle.