Ravens S Earl Thomas took the field last week for the 1st time since joining his new team -- and the 1st time since a broken leg ended his 2018 season last Sept. 30. "He's had a great week," HC John Harbaugh told ESPN's Jamison Hensley. "Great anticipation and great ability to cover ground. He shows up in the right spots on a regular basis. That's what great safeties do. He's done a great job." Thomas landed high in our 2019 IDP rankings.
The Ravens have reached agreement with S Earl Thomas on a 4-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million in guarantees, according to multiple reports. Thomas' time in Seattle ended poorly, of course, but he developed into 1 of the league's top safeties before that. For IDP purposes, Thomas has primarily been nothing special. He steps into a role in which Eric Weddle finished outside the top 80 fantasy DBs last season, but Weddle cracked the top 17 each of the previous 2 campaigns. Thomas will likely sit in DB3 range when our 2019 IDP rankings come out. He'll turn 30 in May.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that Seahawks S Earl Thomas plans to report to the team Wednesday. Given the sparse depth at safety and Thomas' ability, we'd bet on him immediately regaining his starting job -- assuming he proves physically ready. Seattle's defense remains difficult to like, however, with Thomas returning 4 days before the season and so many other pieces gone through the offseason. We're not adjusting any Broncos passing-game pieces down on this news. For the season, of course, Thomas' presence should help the Seahawks' pass D. We'll see what the refurbished unit looks like on whole.