Veteran safety Earl Thomas eyeing return to NFL

 Earl Thomas, who last played in the NFL in 2019 and turns 33 next month, is hopeful he can to return to the gridiron next season. 

“I’m ready,” Thomas said in a text to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

While Thomas found a lot of success on the field, he also created plenty of controversies. His nine-season run with the Seattle Seahawks, which included six Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl win, ended poorly and was capped off with him flipping off head coach Pete Carroll while being carted off the field with a broken leg. 

The Baltimore Ravens signed Thomas to a massive four-year, $55 million dollar deal the following offseason, but he only lasted one season due to reportedly butting heads with teammates and missing meetings. Baltimore released Thomas in August 2020 after he punched teammate Chuck Clark during the fourth practice of training camp. He later filed a grievance against the team for not paying him his guaranteed salary, but the Ravens declined to pay it on the grounds he violated his contract. As of February 2022, the grievance was still unresolved.

Thomas had a meeting with the Houston Texans in September 2020 and was supposed to work out for the team, but the workout was canceled

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