The Baltimore Ravens found out on Monday that wide receiver and kick/punt returner De’Anthony Thomas has decided that he will not take part in the 2020 NFL season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Thomas, who has spent the majority of his six-year professional career with the Kansas City Chiefs, joined the Ravens last November after being released by his former team.
While Thomas began his career as a receiver and kick/punt returner, he has focused on the latter over the past couple of seasons. This position has allowed for him to utilize his excellent speed and agility, and he became the Ravnes’ primary punt returner after joining last season.
The Los Angeles native was set to fill the same role for Baltimore this season, but concerns with the coronavirus caused him to make the decision not to play this season. This means that he will receive a $150,000 base payment for the season, but this season’s contract will toll to next year.
The Ravens will now have to explore other kick and punt return options for the upcoming season, which could include players such as sixth-round draft pick James Proche, who had experience in college returning punts, and running back Justice Hill.