Safety Earl Thomas was ready to ink a deal with the Chiefs.
In fact, he talked himself into signing a one-year, $12 million contract with incentives. But then, the Ravens swept in.
“The Ravens were never in the picture,” Thomas said, via Football Morning in America. “I was shocked. I was blessed.”
The deal Thomas ultimately ended up signing with Baltimore gives him $35 million guaranteed in the first two seasons of the four-year, $55 million agreement.
According to FMIA, it took two hours and 10 minutes to work out the new contract.
“I thought I was signing for one year somewhere else,” Thomas added, “and my agent (David Mulugheta) said, ‘I think you’re going to like this.'”
Thomas told the Ravens he thought he was going to land in Kansas City. But, Baltimore needed to add to its secondary after parting ways with safety Eric Weddle and seeing talented defensive backs like Landon Collins and Tyrann Mathieu pen deals elsewhere.
The six-time Pro Bowl player was originally drafted by the Seahawks in 2010 and had spent his entire nine-year career in Seattle. He has made three All-Pro teams and won Super Bowl 48 with the team. Thomas has the 10th most interceptions (28) of any active player in the NFL and a total of 684 combined tackles — the 23rd best in the league.
Thomas, who turns 30 in May, is coming off a season in which he missed 12 games after suffering a leg fracture.