Seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas’ shocking release from the Baltimore Ravens this past weekend threw people for a loop.
Thomas, 31, had signed a four-year, $55 million contract with Baltimore back in March of 2019 after a Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Seattle Seahawks. A fight with teammate Chuck Clark led to this outcome.
It goes without saying that multiple top-end teams will have interest in Thomas, his native Dallas Cowboys included. However, one team is not in on Thomas. It’s a surprising revelation, too.
San Francisco 49ers not interested in signing Earl Thomas
The connection between Thomas and his former division rivals is real. First off, former Legion of Boom member Richard Sherman is starring in Northern California. The two future Hall of Fame defensive backs have a great relationship with one another.
Secondly, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was an assistant for a few seasons in Seattle when Thomas starred for the team.
Although, San Francisco’s brass obviously likes what it has in current starting free safety Jimmie Ward.
After some injury issues throughout his career, the former first-round pick played exceedingly well last season en route to helping the 49ers to a shocking Super Bowl appearance. San Francisco rewarded Ward with a three-year, $28.5 million contract back in March.
Dallas Cowboys now odds-on favorites to sign Earl Thomas?
When news of his release became public record this past weekend, Thomas was linked to the Cowboys more than any other team.
It makes perfect sense. Dallas was in on signing Thomas last offseason, but simply did not have the cap room to match what Baltimore ultimately gave the seven-time Pro Bowler. Thomas has also made it clear that he would like to return to his native Dallas to finish out his career.
Linked to Jamal Adams prior to the blockbuster trade that sent him from Jersey to the Seattle Seahawks, the Cowboys also have a major need at free safety. Seems to be a done deal, right?
Not so fast. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported earlier on Tuesday that the Cowboys are not expected to pursue Thomas. That leads to even more questions less than two weeks until the start of the 2020 NFL regular season.