Ravens secure running back Mark Ingram, safety Earl Thomas as free agents

The Ravens finally made their move during the NFL’s free-agent frenzy, securing running back Mark Ingram and six-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas.

After losing receiver John Brown and linebackers C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’darius Smith this week, Baltimore first-year general manager Eric DeCosta bounced back to address two glaring needs.

Ingram agreed to terms on a three-year contract and Thomas accepted a four-year deal.

In addition, the Ravens formally announced the trade of quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver for a fourth-round pick.

Bortles released: Jacksonville released quarterback Blake Bortles four hours after officially agreeing to terms with Nick Foles on Wednesday, the official start of free agency and two days after the sides settled on contract terms.

The Jags parted ways with the third overall pick in the 2014 draft just 13 months after handing him a three-year, $58 million contract.

Bortles was arguably the most ridiculed quarterback in the league recently. A number of players ripped him publicly.

Jacksonville will save $4.5 million against the salary cap with the move. He still will count $16.5 million against the cap in 2019.

Staying put: Among notable free agents electing to stay with their old teams were running back Adrian Peterson (Washington); linebacker Mychal Kendricks (Seahawks), the Cal alum who faces possible prison time after pleading guilty to insider trading charges last year; tackle Cameron Fleming and fullback Jamize Olawale (Cowboys); tackle Daryl Williams (Panthers); defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (Chargers); cornerback Pierre Desir (Colts); guard A.J. Cann (Jaguars); offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile (Titans); kicker Will Lutz (Saints), and safety Jason McCourty (Patriots). McCourty’s return keeps him in the secondary with his brother, safety Devin McCourty.

Briefly: Former New England defensive end Trey Flowers is headed to Detroit after multiple outlets reported he agreed to a five-year contract that could be worth as much as $90 million. … Free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater met with the Dolphins to discuss playing for his hometown team, but his visit ended without a deal. … The Chargers are signing Tyrod Taylor to a two-year contract to be Philip Rivers’ backup, a source said. … A source said the Seahawks have agreed to sign Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to a four-year deal. … The Chiefs released safety Eric Berry. … The Dolphins released four-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton.

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