The Baltimore Ravens announced on Sunday that they have parted ways with Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas. According to the team’s official statement, the reason for the termination of Thomas’ contract was “personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens. “
The “personal conduct” that Ravens mentioned is most likely the incident that happened between Thomas and fellow safety Chuck Clark. The two had an altercation during Friday’s practice, which was reportedly initiated by Thomas.
When asked to clarify the reasons for Thomas’ departure, Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh declined to give further info. “I think the statement speaks for itself,” said Harbaugh. “There’s not much more to add to that. Just planning on leaving it at that, at this point.”
Following the incident with Clark, Baltimore initially explored trade options for Earl Thomas, but any deal was hard to pull off due to the four-year, $55 million contract he signed with the organization last year. The team ended up deciding that the release is the most painless option, and according to reports, they will now look to void his $10 million guaranteed salary.
On Thomas’ part, he is now free to pursue new employment in the NFL. The most likely candidates for his signature are the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.