No tag for Thomas

Jason Cole

INDIANAPOLIS – Linebacker Adalius Thomas was not franchised by the Baltimore Ravens and is expected to be one of the highest-profile free agents available this year.

The Ravens announced their decision Thursday afternoon after being unable to put the franchise tag on Thomas, which effectively would have taken him off the free-agent market.

Thomas and Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements are expected to be the top two free agents who will be available in what is considered a very shallow free-agent market. Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome had hoped to find a way to keep Thomas, who had a career-high 11 sacks last season and had 28 over the past three years.