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Ravens sign former Steelers LB Matthew Thomas to a reserve/futures contract

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The Steelers re-signed 10 of the 11 names on their practice squad this week, but the one they failed to sign might have been the most promising.

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Of all the names that ended the year on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad, it would be fair to say the player who offered the most potential for 2019 was Matthew Thomas. As of Wednesday, that potential became a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Despite being an undrafted free agent, Thomas was one of the standout performers on defense during preseason and he was rewarded with a place on the 53-man roster to start the year. While he would see only four snaps on defense through the first 10 games of the season, Thomas was significantly involved on special teams.

Released to make room for Ola Adeniyi in Week 13 before being re-signed to the practice squad, the former Florida State product looked to be an obvious candidate for an increased role in 2019. Instead, the stat line for his career in Pittsburgh ends with just four tackes.

Thomas becomes the only member of the practice squad to sign elsewhere this offseason after the rest names re-signed with the team earlier in the week. Should he become the player many believe he could be with the Ravens, this loss is sure to upset many Steelers’ fans.