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LA Chargers: Is free safety Earl Thomas worth pursuing?

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 20: Earl Thomas #29 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a defensive stand against the Seattle Seahawks during the game at CenturyLink Field on October 20, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Baltimore Ravens top the Seattle Seahawks 30-16. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 20: Earl Thomas #29 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a defensive stand against the Seattle Seahawks during the game at CenturyLink Field on October 20, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Baltimore Ravens top the Seattle Seahawks 30-16. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
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Should the LA Chargers be in the Earl Thomas market?

Earl Thomas’ time with the Baltimore Ravens is up. Thomas had an altercation on the Ravens on Friday and punched teammate Chuck Clark. Baltimore is not taking this altercation lightly and it was reported on Sunday that the Ravens are planning on trading or releasing Thomas because of his actions.

Ian Rapoport confirmed that Thomas was being released shortly thereafter on Sunday afternoon.

Source: The #Ravens are now releasing star S Earl Thomas. After just one season and $22M, they are moving on following a practice altercation with a teammate.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 23, 2020

This is a huge NFL story that is happening so close to the regular season that it is a bit surprising. While he is no longer in his prime, Thomas is still a very solid free safety and the veteran must have been at a big fault if the team is willing to cut him over an altercation.

Thomas may have already been on the chopping block, though. Thomas made headlines in May after his wife was arrested for pointing a gun at him after finding him at an AirBNB with his brother and two women.

While Thomas himself was not arrested, that is the kind of off-field issue that raises the level of concern for a franchise.

Thomas’ days with the Ravens are up and the leading candidates to bring Thomas in are the Dallas Cowboys, who have been tied to Thomas in the past because of his roots in Orange, Texas.

But what about the LA Chargers? It is far from a guarantee that Thomas ends up on the Cowboys and there likely will be other suitors for the free safety. Should the Bolts be one of them? Let’s break down the reasons for and against the team acquiring Earl Thomas.

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