Ravens will sign free agents Earl Thomas, Mark Ingram

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One player who surprisingly bucked that trend this week is future Hall of Fame safety Earl Thomas, who is signing with Baltimore for $55 million over four years ($13.75 million per year) with $32 million guaranteed.

The Seattle Seahawks have signed Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to a four-year deal said to be worth up to $16 million.

What makes the amount of the Thomas signing extra surprising to me is how he damaged his reputation with a nasty training camp holdout last summer, plus the bad look he created when he flipped off his own Seattle sideline in September as he was carted off the field after breaking his leg in Arizona.

Reaction on twitter was swift after the Thomas signing was announced.

The top free agents are coming off the board quickly now.

The move Dallas Cowboys fans have been waiting for finally happened, the team re-signed fullback Jamize Olawale.

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Weddle eventually signed with the Rams, a team that had been thought interested in Thomas.

Thomas was clearly thrilled about getting paid.

Rumors circulated Tuesday night that Thomas was talking with the Cleveland Browns. He has spent his entire nine-year career with the Seattle Seahawks, one of the leaders of a defense that has perennially been among the NFL's best. However, Thomas played every game the first six seasons of his career and he has been one of the league's most impactful safeties - smart and tough, effective as a pass defender, run defender and playmaker with 28 career interceptions.

Thomas was a first-team All-Pro pick three times.

Without Thomas last season, the Seahawks started Tedric Thompson at free safety and Bradley McDougald at strong safety, and then went with McDougald at free safety and Delano Hill at strong safety for two games when Thompson was injured.

Since entering the National Football League in 2010, Thomas has been an absolute ball-hawk and the ostensible quarterback of the Seahawks' defense. No team ran the ball more than Baltimore since Jackson took over for the since-departed Joe Flacco, and Ingram should flourish as a featured back after sharing the load with Alvin Kamara in New Orleans.

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