Oct 13, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas III (29) reacts after an incomplete pass in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texans won’t sign S Thomas

The Houston Texans won’t be signing free agent safety Earl Thomas after all.

Reports emerged Monday afternoon that the Texans likely would be signing Thomas after his visit with the club. But 24 hours later, veteran NFL reporter John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote on Twitter that it won’t happen.

“After a lot of internal discussion, Texans decided Earl Thomas wasn’t a good fit,” he posted.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Thomas has been without a team since Aug. 23. The Baltimore Ravens released him two days after he was involved in an on-field altercation with safety Chuck Clark, with the team citing “personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens.”

Thomas had been eyeing a return to Texas for some time; he played in high school in the Lone Star State and collegiately for the Longhorns.

Thomas, 31, recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season. He has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

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Mar 5, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas walks on the court before a game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: S Thomas likely to sign with Texans

All-Pro safety Earl Thomas worked out with the Houston Texans on Monday and his “signing this week is more likely than not,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Thomas must first pass COVID-19 testing before any signing can become official.

The Baltimore Ravens released Thomas five weeks ago after he was involved in an on-field altercation with safety Chuck Clark. Thomas was sent home after the skirmish, then cut two days later for “personal conduct that has adversely affected the Baltimore Ravens,” a team statement read.

Thomas had been eyeing a return to Texas for some time; he played in high school in the Lone Star State and collegiately for the Longhorns.

Thomas, 31, recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

The AFC South champions in 2019, the Texans are off to an 0-3 start. They host another winless team, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday.

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears strong safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (21) hits New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate (15) in the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys release S Clinton-Dix

The Dallas Cowboys released veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix before he even played a down for the team.

The Cowboys made the move late Thursday. Clinton-Dix, 27, signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract in March that included a $1.25 million signing bonus.

The dismissal of the former Pro Bowl safety seems to indicate Dallas isn’t too concerned about the Week 1 status of fellow safety Xavier Woods, who is recovering from a groin injury. Woods has not practiced since sustaining the injury on Sunday.

It also sparks conversation about the team’s reported interest in veteran Earl Thomas, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 23 for conduct detrimental to the team. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection spent one season with the Ravens, who opted to release the standout safety despite investing $22 million in just over one year together.

Clinton-Dix’s reunion with head coach Mike McCarthy was a short one. He played for McCarthy during his four-plus seasons with the Green Bay Packers, who selected Clinton-Dix with the 21st overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He started all 16 games last season with the Chicago Bears and recorded 78 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

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Jan 8, 2020; Frisco, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones answers questions during a press conference at Ford Center at the Star. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Cowboys have not talked to Earl Thomas

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that his team has not had any direct discussions with Earl Thomas, but that doesn’t mean the club isn’t interested.

“We have not had any (talks with Thomas), but I have not had any either,” Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas. “Discussions internally. We have discussions. Certainly, he’s an outstanding football player. We’re sitting here at personnel time and we’re looking for ways to get better. He’d be one of several we’d discuss during this particular time as we finalize this roster. It would be a misleading thing to say we haven’t discussed him, it would be a misleading thing to say that we have.”

Jones didn’t elaborate on the team’s health at the safety position, with Xavier Woods notably nursing a groin strain.

“There’s competition out here,” Jones said. “I know you understand on something as sensitive as a competitive roster decision why we wouldn’t discuss it with thousands and thousands of people that aren’t necessarily fans, some of them are competition.”

Thomas, 31, was released by the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 23 for conduct detrimental to the team. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection spent one season with the Ravens, who opted to release the standout safety despite investing $22 million in just over one year together.

Thomas recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season.

A three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

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Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas (29) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

McCarthy: Cowboys considering Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas once openly invited the Dallas Cowboys to “come get me” via trade. Now that he’s on the open market, the Cowboys are considering chasing down the former ballhawk of the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens.

Thomas was released on Sunday by the Ravens for conduct detrimental to the team. He spent one season with the Ravens, who opted to release the standout safety despite investing $22 million in just over one year together.

The Cowboys and head coach Mike McCarthy continue to be connected to the 31-year-old Thomas. McCarthy, in his first season with the team, said the conversation in Frisco at team headquarters is focused more on the players on the current roster.

He did, however, acknowledge the team has discussed adding the seven-time Pro Bowl pick.

“The conversations I’ve been involved with — we had a chance to get a thorough personnel meeting just two days ago — we’re very confident in where we are as far as the 80-man roster,” McCarthy said. “As far as any prospect that’s available, those are more conversations for Jerry (Jones), Stephen (Jones) and Will McClay, as far as looking at that situation. So I have nothing really to report.”

NFL Network reported the Cowboys, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers all have interest in signing Thomas.

“I’ve talked to both (Jerry and Stephen) about it. We talk about everything,” McCarthy said. “We read the news too. You may not think we read your guys’ articles or stay on top of things. We look at every situation. Player acquisition is 365 days a year.”

In December 2017, when Thomas was playing for Seattle against the Cowboys, he told then-head coach Jason Garrett that Dallas should “come get me” if the team has the chance.

Returning to the Seahawks might be far-fetched considering Thomas left in the aftermath of a self-fueled controversy in which he flipped off his own sideline while be carted off the field in September 2018.

Former “Legion of Boom” secondary running mate Richard Sherman signed with the 49ers after being released and said he would vouch for Thomas if the 49ers wanted to add a safety. General manager John Lynch publicly confirmed the team did have interest in acquiring Jamal Adams from the New York Jets before the Seahawks made their move to get him.

Thomas recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season.

A three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

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Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas (29) reacts to a defensive play against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ravens to trade or release S Thomas

The Baltimore Ravens are planning to move on from Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, multiple media outlets reported on Sunday.

“They either will release him for conduct detrimental to the team — punching S Chuck Clark — or trade him,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote on Twitter. “Dallas is the leading contender if he’s released, per sources. But his time in Baltimore is over.”

The NFL Network also cited Dallas as a potential landing spot for Thomas, who played high school and college football in the Lone Star State. He played collegiately at Texas.

Thomas was absent from the Ravens’ practice on Saturday, one day after his skirmish with Clark.

Ravens assistant head coach David Culley said it was “an organizational decision” for Thomas not to take part on Saturday.

The teammates argued during Friday’s practice and reportedly had to be restrained from going after each other. Clark was back at practice on Saturday.

According to CBS Sports, some of the team’s veteran leaders were pushing for Thomas’ release.

“It just lasted longer than it needed to for me,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters after practice. “You’re going to have these things in training camp. Tempers are going to flare, sure. It happens every training camp, especially right about now, probably. But I don’t like them when they extend like that and eat into our reps. We’re going to have to find out why and make sure that doesn’t happen. We need to keep our eye on the prize, which is preparing for the Browns.”

Thomas posted a since-deleted statement Saturday on social media of how the altercation with Clark developed.

“A mental error on my part,” Thomas wrote, via NFL.com. “A busted coverage that I tried to explain calmly meet with built up aggression turned into me getting into with a teammate.”

Thomas, 31, recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season after signing a four-year, $55 million contract with the Ravens in March 2019.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

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Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Baltimore Ravens free safety Earl Thomas (29) reacts to a defensive play against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ravens to trade or release S Thomas

The Baltimore Ravens are planning to move on from Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas, multiple media outlets reported on Sunday.

“They either will release him for conduct detrimental to the team — punching S Chuck Clark — or trade him,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote on Twitter. “Dallas is the leading contender if he’s released, per sources. But his time in Baltimore is over.”

The NFL Network also cited Dallas as a potential landing spot for Thomas, who played high school and college football in the Lone Star State. He played collegiately at Texas.

Thomas was absent from the Ravens’ practice on Saturday, one day after his skirmish with Clark.

Ravens assistant head coach David Culley said it was “an organizational decision” for Thomas not to take part on Saturday.

The teammates argued during Friday’s practice and reportedly had to be restrained from going after each other. Clark was back at practice on Saturday.

According to CBS Sports, some of the team’s veteran leaders were pushing for Thomas’ release.

“It just lasted longer than it needed to for me,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters after practice. “You’re going to have these things in training camp. Tempers are going to flare, sure. It happens every training camp, especially right about now, probably. But I don’t like them when they extend like that and eat into our reps. We’re going to have to find out why and make sure that doesn’t happen. We need to keep our eye on the prize, which is preparing for the Browns.”

Thomas posted a since-deleted statement Saturday on social media of how the altercation with Clark developed.

“A mental error on my part,” Thomas wrote, via NFL.com. “A busted coverage that I tried to explain calmly meet with built up aggression turned into me getting into with a teammate.”

Thomas, 31, recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season after signing a four-year, $55 million contract with the Ravens in March 2019.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

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Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas (29) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens S Thomas sent home after skirmish

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was not at practice Saturday following a dust-up with safety Chuck Clark on Friday.

Ravens assistant head coach David Culley said it was “an organizational decision” for Thomas not to take part on Saturday.

The teammates argued during Friday’s practice and reportedly had to be restrained from going after each other. Clark was back at practice on Saturday.

According to CBS Sports, some of the team’s veteran leaders are pushing for Thomas’ release.

“It just lasted longer than it needed to for me,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters after practice. “You’re going to have these things in training camp. Tempers are going to flare, sure. It happens every training camp, especially right about now, probably. But I don’t like them when they extend like that and eat into our reps. We’re going to have to find out why and make sure that doesn’t happen. We need to keep our eye on the prize, which is preparing for the Browns.”

Thomas, 31, recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season after signing a four-year, $55 million contract with the Ravens in March 2019.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

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Jan 25, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA; Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas (29) during AFC Practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens S Thomas sent home after skirmish

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas was not at practice Saturday following a dust-up with safety Chuck Clark on Friday.

Ravens assistant head coach David Culley said it was “an organizational decision” for Thomas not to take part on Saturday.

The teammates argued during Friday’s practice and reportedly had to be restrained from going after each other. Clark was back at practice on Saturday.

According to CBS Sports, some of the team’s veteran leaders are pushing for Thomas’ release.

“It just lasted longer than it needed to for me,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters after practice. “You’re going to have these things in training camp. Tempers are going to flare, sure. It happens every training camp, especially right about now, probably. But I don’t like them when they extend like that and eat into our reps. We’re going to have to find out why and make sure that doesn’t happen. We need to keep our eye on the prize, which is preparing for the Browns.”

Thomas, 31, recorded 49 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and a forced fumble in 15 games last season after signing a four-year, $55 million contract with the Ravens in March 2019.

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Thomas has 713 tackles and 30 interceptions in 140 career games with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-18) and Ravens.

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Five Players in the NFC West Who Play Esports

Richard Sherman – CB San Francisco 49ers
An avid Call of Duty player, Sherman attended the Call of Duty World Championships in 2016. He had plans to attend the DOTA 2 International – boasting the highest prize pool in esports at over 24 million in 2018 – and teased the possibility of investing in esports in the future.
In an interview with ESPN’s Jacob Wolf, Sherman said “We’re competitors in every aspect of our lives and we’re always looking for another opportunity to compete, I think [Call of Duty] gives everybody a chance to be good at it.”
It’s that competitive nature that makes so many football players’ gamers and vice-versa, so many gamers football fans.
With Sherman’s move from Seattle to San Francisco, the key piece of the Legion of Boom will be in Silicon Valley – one of North America’s esports hubs.
In that same interview, Sherman said he might be interested in investing in esports one day.
“[Esports] has grown so rapidly over the last couple years, I think everyone is starting to [take] notice and pay attention,” he says. “These guys are out here competing for $2 million [at the Call of Duty World Championships]. That’s real money. That’s as real as it gets. I’m looking forward to seeing how that industry grows and maybe, maybe getting more involved.”
One organization he could consider investing in is NRG Esports. Sacramento Kings co-owners Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov founded the team based out of San Francisco in December of 2015. They have a slew of name-brand athlete investors already. Shaq, Alex Rodriquez, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Howard, and Marshawn Lynch – just to name a few.
Sherman is fully focused on recovering from his Achilles tear and transitioning to a new team. As his recovery progresses and he becomes settled in the bay, look for him to make more appearances in the esports world.
Todd Gurley – RB Los Angeles Rams
Gurley runs through opposing defenses like a freight train and plays Call of Duty the same way.
“I’m aggressive, I don’t really care if I get killed… If I get killed 50 times so be it as long as I get to kill as many people as I can,” Gurley told GamerHub TV at the release party for Black Ops 4 the latest iteration of one of the longest running game series ever.
On professional gamers: “Those guys are beasts out there, I did a thing with Matt Forte and we had like two or three kills and those guys had 15, 20, 30 kills. Those guys are beasts, I totally respect what they do.”

“We had a Rams Call of Duty group chat my rookie year, it’s crazy popular in the league. It’s a game that’s been around for so long that we were all playing that in college and in high school,” Gurley said in the video.
While Gurley is an avid COD player, one of his primary blockers has taken a love for the game to a whole new level.
Rodger Saffold – G Los Angeles Rams
Saffold was one of the first NFL players to make a big push into the esports industry. In fact, he was one of the first traditional sports athletes across all sports to get in. In 2014 he helped to found Rise Nation, an esports organization competing in Call of Duty. Now he serves as CEO and under him, Rise has become one of the dominant teams in COD.
2018 has been good to Rise as the team went 13-1 in the first stage of the CWL Pro League before going undefeated in CWL Atlanta Open to establish themselves as one of the top teams in North America this season.
“When I started figuring out that esports was growing, and I saw they were all over the internet on Twitch — when I saw that there were these huge events — I was like, ‘OK, I need to get into this,” Saffold told ESPN’s Imad Khan in 2016.
In the locker room, his teammates are curious and Saffold does what he can to introduce them to esports.
“I always get questions like ‘Hey, how is our team doing?’ [and] like ‘Hey, what’s going on, what’s going down this weekend?'” he said in the ESPN interview.
Saffold started Rise Nation when the team was still in St. Louis. The move to Los Angeles was positive for his – and Stan Kroenke’s – esports business. LA is the home of major game developers Riot and Blizzard and the site of tournaments year round. His fellow Ram teammates – and now the Chargers as well – have all the opportunity in the world to be involved in esports, with Saffold as a model, that floodgate could open soon.
David Johnson – RB Arizona Cardinals
In addition to being a star running back and top fantasy pick, Johnson is also a huge fan of Call of Duty.
(I promise there are more esports than just COD, it just happens to be the favorite of many NFL players, along with Fortnite.)
There is no doubt that the man was gaming while he recovered from his injury last year. Especially now that he received a custom, portable Xbox system from fellow gamer and ex-NFL player Hank Baskett.
Baskett was at one point named a co-owner of Denial Esports but that company folded because of a history of not paying it’s employees. That’s all happened prior to Baskett’s involvement, he was just caught up in the cross-fire.


Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas – LB/S Seattle Seahawks
Wagner and Thomas both attended PAX in 2015, one of the largest gaming conventions in the world. While there they played a couple of games of Madden (Thomas won both by a small margin, 10-7, 7-0) and talked Destiny and Madden ratings with GeekWire reporter Taylor Soper.
“I think I’m a 99,” said Thomas who was rated 95 in that year’s game.
He also wanted to be clear on his geekiness, “I don’t think I’m a geek, I think I’m Earl Thomas.”
Wagner said he had a unique motivation – staying on top of the familial food chain. “I like to play with my nephews a bunch and I need to make sure I stay up with these games so they never beat me,” he told Soper.
Between Wagner, Sherman and Thomas, there were definitely some heated games of Madden in the Seahawks locker room. With 14 Pro Bowl appearances between the three defensive stars, I imagine the games were pretty low scoring.