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The Earl Thomas grievance against the Ravens is still pending

Veteran free agent safety Earl Thomas made it own he's available to play, which to Mike Florio and Myles Simmons means that no one is busting down his door for his services and it shouldn't be a surprise.

Friday’s Schefty-fueled announcement that Earl Thomas wants to play football again (if teams were truly interested, a favor from Schefty wouldn’t have been needed) served as a reminder that his prior time in the NFL ended in acrimony with the Ravens. More specifically, Thomas filed a grievance.

Thomas was due to earn a guaranteed base salary of $10 million in 2020. The Ravens cut him. The argument against paying him would be, as a long-time agent characterized it at the time, groundbreaking.

Although the term “fully-guaranteed” gets commonly used when assessing new contracts, the more accurate term is “guaranteed for skill, injury, and cap.” Baltimore’s position is that the money is not guaranteed against a termination based on personal conduct that has adversely affected the team.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the grievance remains unresolved. A settlement remains possible; that’s always the case in situations like this. If a ruling ultimately is rendered -- and if the Ravens win -- the case will give other teams a roadmap for potentially getting around otherwise guaranteed money, if/when a player does something that justifies a finding that he engaged in personal conduct that adversely affected the team.