Ravens announce signings of Thomas and Ingram
The Baltimore Ravens have signed safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram today. Both these signings were huge splashes by the Ravens. For the full story on Earl Thomas click here. For the full story on Mark Ingram click here.
Here is the Ravens official press release on the signings.
RAVENS PLAYER ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle on contracts with RB Mark Ingram II and S Earl Thomas, pending the passing of physicals, executive vice president/general manager Eric DeCosta announced Wednesday.
Additionally, Baltimore has traded QB Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick (113th overall). Quotes from several Ravens officials regarding this specific move will be available shortly.
Mark Ingram II Notes
An eight-year NFL veteran, Ingram has played his entire career with the New Orleans Saints, who selected him out of Alabama with the 28th-overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Ingram earned Pro Bowl honors during the 2014 and 2017 campaigns. In each of those seasons, he led the Saints in rushing. His 12 rushing touchdowns in 2017 ranked No. 2 in the NFL, just behind Todd Gurley (13).
Seeing action in 106 career games (63 starts), he has posted 6,007 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on 1,321 carries, adding 228 receptions for 1,598 yards and five touchdowns.
Over the past five seasons (2014-18), Ingram’s 4.7 yards-per-carry average ranks No. 1 among NFL running backs. Additionally, his 39 rushing scores during this span are the league’s second most (Todd Gurley – 46).
Ingram has twice eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing barrier, doing so in 2017 (1,124) and in 2016 (1,043). In 2018, while helping lead New Orleans to the NFC Championship game, he totaled 645 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns (six rushing and one receiving) in 12 games.
Since entering the NFL in 2011, Ingram’s 50 rushing touchdowns tie (LeGarrette Blount) for the league’s fifth most.
Earl Thomas Notes
A nine-year NFL veteran, Thomas has played his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him out of Texas with the 14th-overall pick in the 2010 draft.
From 2011-15, Thomas earned five-consecutive Pro Bowl nods. He then garnered his sixth in 2017. Thomas is also a three-time first-team All-Pro honoree (2012-14).
Seeing action in 125 career games (all starts), he has posted 637 total tackles, 28 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), 67 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdowns).
Since he entered the NFL in 2010, Thomas’ 28 interceptions rank No. 2 among NFL safeties (Reggie Nelson – 31).
Thomas has registered a career-high five interceptions in a season three separate times (2010, 2013 and 2015).
Thomas recorded three interceptions in 2018, despite only playing in four games due to broken leg sustained on Sept. 30 at Arizona.
Thomas has twice played in the Super Bowl (2013 and 2014 seasons), with Seattle capturing the Super Bowl XLVIII title vs. Denver.
With Thomas’ assistance, the Seahawks allowed the NFL’s fewest points in four-consecutive seasons (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).
Thomas also helped the Seahawks produce five Top 5 defenses (yards allowed) during his Seattle tenure, including the NFL’s No. 1 unit in both 2013 and 2014.