SportsPulse: While one superstar is leaving the Big Apple another is on their way to joining it. Le’Veon Bell is expected to be a New York Jet on a four-year deal worth $52.5 million.
The Baltimore Ravens lost a Pro Bowl safety when they cut Eric Weddle, but they made up for it in free agency.
Former Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas intends to sign with the team, a person with knowledge of his plans told USA TODAY Sports’ Jori Epstein. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because deals cannot become official until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news.
According to Schefter, the deal is for four seasons and $55 million, with $32 million guaranteed and $22 million coming to him in the first nine months.
Baltimore also is set to sign former New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not official. Schefter reported the deal was for $15 million over three years.
Thomas, a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time all-pro safety is one of the premier players at his position. Still 29 years old, Thomas is coming off of a frustrating season in which he sought a long-term contract extension or a trade from the Seahawks but ended up suffering a broken leg after just four games.
The Ravens have suffered some departures from their top-ranked defense, losing linebackers C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Za’Darius Smith in free agency, in addition to the Weddle release.
And in a division that now features former New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after his trade to the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore is clearly focusing on its secondary. Thomas will join a group that includes safety Tony Jefferson and cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr.
In nine seasons in Seattle, Thomas flashed instinctive play-making, a knack for turnovers and sideline-to-sideline range. He posted 664 tackles, 68 passes defended, 28 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and two touchdowns.
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