But on Tuesday, the Saints agreed to sign running back Latavius Murray to a four-year, $14.4 million contract to bring the free agent from the Minnesota Vikings.
Dallas, San Francisco, Kansas City, even Cleveland were all regarded as possible destinations for Thomas, who was a six-time Pro Bowler with the Seahawks but whose one-fingered salute as he was carted off the field against Arizona last September made clear that he was ready, willing and eager to become a former Seahawk.
The signing in Baltimore ends a dramatic 12 months for Thomas. Arriving in Baltimore with 106 games of experience, including 64 starts, Ingram provides stability to a backfield that a year ago counted heavily on rookie Gus Edwards.
If there's any risk for the Ravens here, it's that they just gave $32 million in guaranteed money to a player coming off a broken leg. He was looking for a lucrative, long-term contract extension and the Ravens were interested after they released Eric Weddle last week.
Thomas was one of the original members of the Seahawks' vaunted "Legion of Boom" that carried the franchise to a Super Bowl XLVIII triumph.
During the 2018 season, the safety was headed into the final year of his contract with the Seahawks that was set to pay him $8.5 million in base salary.
Thomas was a first-team All-Pro pick three times.
After finishing the 2018 season as the top ranked yards-per-game defense in the league (292.9) and second in points-per-game (17.9), Thomas seems like the ideal fit.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com also noticed the similarities, saying that Thomas to Baltimore "just feels right". No team ran the ball more than Baltimore since Jackson took over for the since-departed Joe Flacco, and Ingram should flourish as a featured back after sharing the load with Alvin Kamara in New Orleans.