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Earl Thomas reacts to signing blockbuster deal with Baltimore Ravens

Earl Thomas, Ravens

Unfortunately, the unofficial end of Earl Thomas’ tenure with the Seattle Seahawks is nearly as memorable as anything he did on the field for his longtime team for the better part of the last decade. After breaking his leg in a Week 4 game against the Arizona Cardinals, Thomas directed an obscene gesture toward his team’s sideline while being carted off the field, ostensibly in response to him suffering a season-ending injury after the Seahawks refused to re-negotiate his contract and give him a long-term deal during the offseason.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Thomas was ecstatic upon agreeing to terms on a four-year, $55 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, an attitude he expressed on Twitter.

The six-time Pro Bowler was far from the only one happy he signed with the Ravens. Franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson subsequently welcomed his new teammate to Baltimore with clenched-teeth excitement.

Thomas began his career with the Seahawks in 2010 after he was selected with the 14th overall pick. He immediately established himself as a fixture in Seattle, being snubbed for a Pro Bowl nod as a rookie but earning the honor in five out of the next six seasons. Thomas was also named All-Pro for five of his nine seasons with the Seahawks, and was arguably the most important member of the famed Legion of Doom, a group of players in the defensive backfield that led the team to its most successful stretch in franchise history, including a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII.

With the Ravens, Thomas replaces Eric Weddle as leader of the secondary, who reached a deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday.