4. Earl Thomas
Bring. On. The. Hate.
It would be foolish of the Cleveland Browns to not kick the tires on Earl Thomas and just see what he is like right now. This doesn’t necessarily mean sign him, but bring him in for a visit and see how he is moving. Even if you do sign him, keep his contract to one year so you have the option to move on pretty easily.
After recently being cut by the Ravens due to fighting a teammate and the player’s council asking for him to be let go, there’s plenty of reason to not sign Earl Thomas. It’s probably a smart move to not sign him. However, the idea is way too enticing to not give it a thought.
There is nothing more dangerous than a disrespected veteran player. Earl Thomas is a borderline hall of fame defensive back. With three All-Pro teams and seven Pro Bowls to his name, getting cut with that kind of resume is downright disrespectful. Especially after making the Pro Bowl for the Ravens last season.
If Earl Thomas wants a shot to get back at the Baltimore Ravens, his best spot would be with the Cleveland Browns. A need for a starting free safety, his natural position, along with the ability to play the Ravens twice a season, the spot should be enticing enough for Thomas to consider it.
It’s time to address the elephant in the room, and it is if he is a locker room cancer. After getting pretty much voted off the island by his teammates, there’s a strong case he could be.
At the age of 31, could Earl Thomas put away whatever issues that have made him seem like a locker room cancer for the opportunity to get back at the team that served him quite possibly the ultimate disrespect? That’d be a super interesting storyline to follow.