Earl Thomas signed with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week, inking a four-year, $55 million contract. He didn’t become the highest-paid safety in the NFL like he had hoped, but he still landed a pretty nice deal. However, before Thomas signed with the Ravens, he thought he was headed to the Kansas City Chiefs on a potential prove-it deal before testing the open market yet again:

“I thought I was going to go Kansas City on like a two-year deal, one-year deal, and I was just going to bet on myself and hit the market again [next year or in 2021], and then my agents called me,” Thomas said, per the Ravens’ official team website. “. . .They said that Baltimore has made a deal for you. I said, ‘Hell, yeah. That’s where I’m going.’”

Thomas was thrilled with Baltimore’s offer, and in exchange, he is promising to show just as much dedication as the Ravens showed him.