Adalius Thomas Rumor Squashed
So much for Adalius Thomas wanting to play for us...LOL He doesn't seem to happy with Bart right now.
Adalius Thomas: ”I have never told anyone I wanted to leave and go play for the Jets.”
Checked in with Adalius Thomas earlier this evening to see if he was in town for the start of the Patriots offseason program. As it turns out, Thomas, who was at Gillette Stadium today, has been wanting to set the record straight over recent comments made by Bart Scott.
The Patriots linebacker disputed the notion that he has a grand desire to play for the New York Jets, as recently described by Jets linebacker Scott. Thomas claimed he never made any such intentions known to his former Ravens teammate.
”I’ve heard of all the chatter up there about me,” Thomas wrote in the email. ”It was about something Bart Scott said on TV, (and) that’s not what was said . . . I have never told anyone that I wanted to leave and go play for the Jets.”
Scott had gone on ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike” show and claimed Thomas had talked about rejoining his former defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan, whom he spent seven seasons with in Baltimore and earned two Pro Bowl appearances before signing with the Patriots.
”I have been asked by coaches, reporters, (and) players, ‘where are u going to play next year?’ And my response has been I don’t know,” Thomas wrote. ”I’m still a Patriot unless you know something I don’t know, but reporters report any type of hype.
”Not once did anyone of them that had something to say about me, pick up the phone or email and ask if it was what I said,” he went on. ”So I’m a Patriot until otherwise noted from Bill (Belichick) or the organization.”
As far as off-season workouts are concerned, attendance isn’t mandatory at this stage. Much of the early going is voluntary, although many players have workout bonuses tied into their attendance. The assumption is Thomas will be released at some point by the team, given he and coach Belichick were at odds much of last season, and don’t appear to be able to resolve their differences.