[QUOTE]If the New England Patriots decide to cut outside linebacker Adalius Thomas, then he probably won't have to wait long to find employment.
A call to his previous defensive coordinator should be all it takes.
Before the Patriots made Thomas one of their major offseason free-agent acquisitions for 2007, he spent seven years with the Baltimore Ravens. He played under Rex Ryan, now the New York Jets' head coach.
Talkative Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott was a guest Tuesday morning on "Mike & Mike" and discussed his hope for reuniting with Thomas . Scott played seven seasons in Baltimore before following Ryan to the Jets a year ago.
"It's funny," Scott said. "I was hanging with Adalius Thomas for Super Bowl weekend. We're buddies from back in the day. He made it public that he's expressed in interest in joining Rex. I think some of his better years of his career have been a part of the Ravens' defense and under Rex Ryan's tutelage. It'll be exciting."[/B]
Thomas' time with the Patriots has been disappointing. He fell out of favor with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and was benched twice last year.
Thomas' sack numbers steadily climbed over his last three seasons with Baltimore. He collected eight, nine and a career-high 11. Since he joined the Patriots he has recorded 6.5, five and three last year.
Ryan playfully shot down a question about Thomas when asked Saturday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. But Ryan did explain why it's important for a new coach to collect former players, as he did last year with Scott, safety Jim Leonhard and defensive end Marques Douglas.
"That's big," Ryan said. "Any coach that gets a job will want to bring people in that he's familiar with. These are guys that the rest of the team is going to look at. You better make sure you bring the right guys in from a work-ethic standpoint, from the type of study habits and all that. They're teammates are going to be watching them."[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=flgreen;3511036]IMO Thomas will play on first and second down, he has developed into an excellent cover LB’er and against the run. Thomas will come in on 3rd and long and be a designated pass rusher[/QUOTE]
which thomas r u talking about?? lol..im assuming you mean bryan on 1st and 2nd..adalius on 3rd???:huh::huh::huh::huh::huh:
I know the reports out of NE is he'll be cut but considering he's only costing about 4.2 million to keep, and they have no depth at this position, I think there still is a shot he sticks with the team..
I just don't see how cutting him makes sense.. Yes he didn't have a great year but considering lack of depth on the Pats and the fact he would end up with the Jets makes it a double hit..
[QUOTE=Peebag;3511043]So what's the deal with him and the Pats? C'mon trolls pipe in.[/QUOTE]
Adalius Thomas benched for performance
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 18, 2009 10:33 PM ET
When the Patriots made linebacker Adalius Thomas a healthy scratch Sunday, it was fair to wonder if there was more to the story.
The big ticket free agent item missed some practice time the previous week week for non injury-related reasons; there was also speculation Sunday he had an illness.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick laid those theories to rest Sunday after New England's 59-0 win.
"We just went with the players we thought would have the bigger role in the game," Belichick said.
Like Jevon Kearse with the Titans last week, Adalius Thomas was not on hand to watch his teammates play. The 40-year-old linebacker Junior Seau, on the other hand, recorded two tackles in the game. Thomas expected to play Sunday, until he got the news Sunday morning from Belichick, according to Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe.
Time will tell if Thomas' demotion sticks, but it's quite a fall from grace for a player who was given $24 million over the first three years of his contract, signed in 2007.
It's starting to look like Thomas may not get a fourth year.
Thomas hasn’t missed an opportunity to badmouth Bellichick since.
[QUOTE=10PennyToColes87;3511010]Was just gonna post this.
I think it's a no brainer that if/when Thomas gets cut, he'll be scooped up by the Jets quick.
Wonder what would happen to BT if they signed him?[/QUOTE]
i would like to see something like this happen, but at his age i don't think adalius thomas would unseat bryan thomas. they would probably play in some sort of rotation with adalius thomas being the pass rush specialist. he definitely improves the group of linebackers the team has.