The longest-tenured Jets player may be sticking around for at least another season.
The Jets are considering re-signing free-agent outside linebacker Bryan Thomas, according to two sources.
Thomas missed most of the 2011 season with a torn left Achilles tendon, but he has been rehabilitating the injury and expects to be 100 percent for next season.
The Jets selected Thomas, 32, in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. When they let go defensive end Shaun Ellis last summer, Thomas became the longest-tenured Jet. Thomasí 145 games played are the fourth-most for a linebacker in team history.
He suffered the season-ending injury on Oct. 2 in a 34-17 loss to the Ravens. Many in the organization felt the loss of Thomas severely hindered the teamís defense, and the team never found a stable replacement for him. Jamaal Westerman, Garrett McIntyre, Josh Mauga and Aaron Maybin all spent time in Thomasí spot.
Thomas spent the rest of the season working out at the Jetsí training center, so the teamís doctors should have a good idea of how healthy Thomas is.
It is unclear what role the Jets would bring back Thomas in. Maybin emerged last season as the teamís best pass rusher. The Jets could use a combination of Thomas on running downs with Maybin entering in pass situations.