Lots of talk about the availability of Earl Thomas, the commander of the legion of boom in Seattle. He punked his way out of Baltimore after helping them become a top three defense in the NFL last year. With fellow LOB member Richard Sherman already here, SF is high on the list of potential suitors.
And with his indiscretions so close in the rear-view mirror, he should be pretty easy to sign to some kind of one-year make good deal to rebuild his rep. He is only 31, and had a pro-bowl season last year, but the issues are ones that seem very familiar to Bay Area sports fans. Antonio Brown went through the same kinds of machinations around silly things. Up to the point of being cut by the Raiders after not even making it through camp, , and then by the Pats after having played one game amid charges of domestic abuse.
Is Thomas sliding down the road to oblivion? Hard to say, but you would have to think that if he had Sherman by his side in the locker room, and vet support keeping his wilder behaviors in check, it could work.
The only reason I think that this might be worth a shot is because Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmy Ward are injury-prone. It would give the team flexibility and they could move Ward to slot corner and have all 3 on the field. Thomas is an outstanding run defender and is still a solid player. We should be able to keep his head on straight and if not, pffffft, cut his ass. Write into the contract behavior provisions.