​The ​Baltimore Ravens weren't about to let the Browns soak up all the ​AFC North spotlight this offseason.


According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the team is signing All-Pro safety Earl Thomas to a four-year contract worth up to $55 million.

Thomas, who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the ​Seahawks, had insisted on either a rich contract extension or a way out of Seattle. He's now got his wish, and joins a Baltimore team coming off a division title.


Per insider Ian Rapoport, the contract ​averages $14.33 million in value over the first three years.

Thomas, 30, is a six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro who was part of the Seattle team that won Super Bowl XLVIII. He missed all but four games last season due to a broken leg, but the Ravens were clearly not dissuaded by any health issues. They're plowing full steam ahead in the AFC North arms race.