It actually happened. Earl Thomas released by Ravens. On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens announced that they have released seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas two days after an on-field altercation with teammate Chuck Clark.
The Ravens announced they had terminated Thomas’ contract for personal conduct. Conduct that has adversely affected the team. The Ravens are expected to try to void his $10 million guaranteed salary this season. That will hurt. It is expected the safety will file a grievance.
According to reports, Thomas punched Clark during Friday’s practice. You read that correctly.
Shortly after the Ravens announced his release, Thomas posted a message on Instagram. Thanking the team for the opportunity they gave him.
“Appreciate the Ravens organization for the opportunity,” he wrote. “Had a great run. Wish things would have ended different but you live and you learn. Thank you [Ravens GM] Eric DeCosta and everyone else who played a role in bringing him to B-More. Wish you guys the best.”
Why Earl Thomas Released by Ravens
The 31-year-old safety was sent home Friday. Also, has not returned to the Ravens’ facility since his on-field altercation with Clark. This was the second fiery exchange with a teammate for Thomas, who confronted nose tackle Brandon Williams after a loss to Cleveland 11 months ago. Thomas also missed or was late to several meetings throughout his 17 months in Baltimore, a source added.
After Sunday’s practice, coach John Harbaugh refused to comment beyond the team’s 16-word tweet announcing Thomas’ release.
“I think the statement speaks for itself,” Harbaugh said. “There’s not much more to add to that. Just planning on leaving it at that, at this point.”
Harbaugh was then asked whether he could talk about what Thomas gave the Ravens and what the team will miss with him gone.
“No, I’m good,” Harbaugh said. “We’re good moving forward. All eyes ahead.”