A key player in the Baltimore Ravens race to the number two seed in the AFC last season and the AFC North title looks like he will not be back in 2007. Linebacker Adalius Thomas has played his last game for the birds, as Thursday the team decided not to franchise Thomas, therefore he will go on the open market when free agency starts. Thomas will be a hot player on the open market and there will be plenty of teams, with the Saints and 49’ers rumored to be the top ones, going after his services.
The Ravens were in a tough spot with Thomas, as not only is he going to demand a five or six-year deal, but he also is going to garner a huge signing bonus. The 29-year old has his best season in 2006, making the Pro Bowl after registering 11 sacks, a fumble recovery, and one interception. Overall, Thomas has been a key for the Ravens since becoming a starter back in the 2001 season, starting 16 games in five of the six years as a starter. He has 28 sacks over the last three seasons.
The Monterey Herald in California stated in today’s edition that Thomas is going to be the big-ticket item that the 49’ers are going to eye in free agency. San Fran has the most money to spend on free agency, as they are $37.5 mil under the cap, and a solid portion of that could go right to Thomas. Once the free agents can start signing next Friday, you can bet that Thomas’ first trip will be to San Fran. The Ravens cap situation is tight, as they are just $3 mil under, making keeping Thomas without giving him the franchise tag impossible.