Pro Bowl Safety Earl Thomas Wants to Return to NFL

Earl Thomas with the Seahawks in 2017
Earl Thomas with the Seahawks in 2017. Photo by Romeo Guzman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Veteran safety Earl Thomas is ready to make an NFL comeback after spending two years away from football. The seven-time Pro Bowler made his intentions clear via text to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Thomas, who last played in 2019 with the Baltimore Ravens, told Schefter he is in shape and feels ready to play professional football again.

“My timing is on point — I’m proud of that,” Thomas added.

Considering the unceremonious end of his stint with the Ravens, it is unclear how many teams will jump on the opportunity to add the 33-year-old player. Baltimore released Thomas after he had a physical altercation with safety Chuck Clark during the 2020 preseason. Several reports also indicated that he had a bad locker room presence and frequently missed meetings.

Thomas did receive interest from the Houston Texans later in the 2020 season, but the franchise never followed through. The Athletic reported at the time that the Texans players intervened and said they didn’t want him on the team.

At one point in his career, Earl Thomas was considered one of the best safeties in the league. He was part of the Seattle Seahawks’ legendary defense Legion of Boom, which helped the franchise win Super Bowl XLVIII. His individual accolades include seven Pro Bowl nods, three First-Team All-Pro selections, and a spot on the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.