Ravens Release Safety Earl Thomas, Cowboys Leading Contender


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - After a week of controversy surrounding safety Earl Thomas, the Baltimore Ravens have released the Pro Bowler.

The Ravens announced via twitter that the justification of the release was conduct that "adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens."

The release comes just days after an incident with Thomas's now former teammate, Chuck Clark, in which Thomas punched him during a practice and was abruptly sent home.

Per a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, this means there will be a grievance and the Ravens will be expected to pursue money.

Sources also indicated to Schefter earlier in the day that the Dallas Cowboys would be the leading contender for his services.

Dallas recently freed up more than $10 million in cap space following the release of DT Gerald McCoy, and the restructuring of left tackle Tyron Smith's contract, leaving the team ample enough to sign Thomas to a deal.

Obviously this is not the first time the Cowboys have been linked to Thomas, with Dallas thought to be his most likely destination following his trade demand from Seattle, in which he approached Cowboys in their locker room and told them to "Come get me when Seattle kicks me to the curb."

Dallas was unable to come to an agreement with the Seahawks in time however, and Thomas eventually became a free agent. After courting from multiple teams, including the Cowboys, Thomas then opted to sign with Baltimore on a four-year $55 million deal, where he would make the Pro Bowl in his first season with the team.

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