That year, the All-Pro safety played 15 games for the Baltimore Ravens, finishing with 32 solo tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions.
Unfortunately, his career ended prematurely because of his own doing.
There’s no doubt that Thomas is an elite defensive back who could still play at a high level.
That said, he would like to revive his career, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared.
Former seven-time Pro-Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who last played for Baltimore in 2019 and who turns 33 in May, said today that he wants to resume his NFL career this season. “I’m ready,” Thomas texted. “I’m in shape. My timing is on point – I’m proud of that.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 22, 2022
Schefter tweeted, “Former seven-time Pro-Bowl safety Earl Thomas, who last played for Baltimore in 2019 and turned 33 in May, said today that he wants to resume his NFL career this season. ‘I’m ready,’ Thomas texted. ‘I’m in shape. My timing is on point – I’m proud of that.'”
It’s good that he still has the confidence to perform at a high level.
But will there be an NFL team willing to bring him in after his antics in Baltimore?
Thomas As A Distraction
Aside from being in game shape, he must also keep his attitude in check.
He distanced himself from the rest of the Ravens locker room by being late or absent during team meetings.
Thomas also left two meetings on his own, even if the session hadn’t ended.
He also became uncoachable, which worked against him.
No NFL team wanted to gamble on him after his stint in Baltimore.
The Houston Texans considered bringing him in but decided to not deal with an additional headache.
Several players throughout NFL history have been both a Pro Bowl talent and an all-world distraction.
It would be hard to shake off that tag, and they often don’t regret their actions until it’s too late.
Therefore, Thomas should manifest a sincere change in his attitude before considering returning to the field.