So far, the Baltimore Ravens have been losing the offseason with multiple players from their defense getting cut or finding new homes. There really hasn’t been any reason for fans to get excited about the coming season. But that now appears to have changed.
The Ravens have jumped into the free agent pool by signing not just one but two high profile free agents, one for each side of the ball. Former Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will be joining the defense. Former New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will be joining Lamar Jackson in the backfield.
Thomas’s discontent with the Seahawks has been a long-running saga for Seattle that gained national attention when Thomas openly lobbied the Cowboys to acquire him. They had their shot in free agency but were quickly out of the running.
There was no way they were going to be able to pay Thomas what he wanted.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that the deal will be for four years with a value off $55 million with $32 million guaranteed. He’ll see $22 million within the first nine months.
Signing Thomas takes care of the hole left when the Ravens let Eric Weddle go, but they have several other holes to fill on the defensive side of the ball. Their starting linebackers have been decimated with Terrell Suggs and C.J Mosley finding new homes. Za’Darius Smith has also found a new team.
Maybe they are just planning on doubling down with the run game and never letting the other team get the ball. To that end, their second big free agent signing should help, running back Mark Ingram (three years, $15 million).
His team was clearly up in New Orleans with the dip in production and the rise of Alvin Kamara. But the icing on the cake came when the Saints agreed to a deal with former Vikings running back Latavius Murray.
There is a good chance that Ingram will see a lot of work with the Ravens. Next to Jackson, the best running back they had was Gus Edwards, who came on strong at the end of the season. Ingram’s style should be a good fit and makes it clear the Ravens are going to be a running team next year.