The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of safety Earl Thomas as a result of an altercation with a teammate at practice, the team announced Sunday.
We have terminated S Earl Thomas’ contract for personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 23, 2020
Baltimore said the decision was made because of “personal conduct that has adversely affected” the team. The safety would soon take to Instagram thanking the team for his time in Baltimore, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network:
From Earl Thomas on Instagram pic.twitter.com/x7QCQ5odfZ
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 23, 2020
ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported the Dallas Cowboys are the favorites to land Thomas if he is cut by Baltimore.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport would soon add the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans are also teams to watch when it comes to Thomas.
A few other teams to watch for #Ravens S Earl Thomas upon him being released: The #49ers and #Texans. They should be among those inquiring, along with the #Cowboys. Thomas, of course, will have a market.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2020
Before Texans fans get excited, NFL insider John McClain tweeted that the franchise has “zero interest” in signing Thomas.
I’ll reiterate what I tweeted Saturday: Texans have zero interest in Earl Thomas if he becomes available.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 23, 2020
The veteran attempted to explain his side of the story on Instagram, noting the confrontation was a result of busted coverage during practice:
Earl Thomas responds via Instagram, acknowledging his altercation with teammate Chuck Clark began with a mental error by Thomas in practice Friday. pic.twitter.com/hPXkjKmTpw
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 22, 2020
Earl Thomas posted this video to his Instagram of the coverage breakdown that led to the altercation with fellow S Chuck Clark. He works to clear the air on the matter in this post: https://t.co/RK5GnkpqVl pic.twitter.com/Dc4JY5DRwa
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 22, 2020