Free agent OLB Bryan Thomas is mulling retirement after offseason pectoral surgery also revealed a torn tendon in his shoulder.
"If I go now and sign for the vet minimum for one year, I wouldn’t even pass the physical right now," Thomas said. The soon-to-be 34-year-old 11-year veteran says he will make a decision on his future after next month's draft. Thomas wants to return to the Jets, but that's not in the cards.
Thomas led the New York Jets in sacks with 8.5 sacks. This was his breakout season playing as an outside linebacker with new head coach Eric Mangini. At the end of the 2006 season, Thomas was awarded a new contract. In 2007, Thomas reverted to the disappointing play that had previously been the hallmark of his career. This raised concerns that Thomas was a "one year wonder" or a "contract year" player. In particular, comments made by Thomas during the 2007 season where he said he had not thought it necessary to "continue to work to improve" left many Jets fans extremely concerned.
The best thing that can be said about this player is that when he started, the running game to his side of the field was non existant.
Bryan Thomas over a 10 yr career proved to be the perfect "Set The Edge" type outside Linebacker in a 34 defense. He found his nitche, his coaches realized the type of player he was and when he was allowed to do what he was best at, he excelled.
Only the Fans who have certain expectations for players drafted at certain position with specific measurements would consider this player a bust. If this is indeed the end of his career then i say.
drafted by the Jets 22nd overall in the 2002 NFL Draft
Never lived up to his potential but was a solid starter for the Jets for a decade
A career to be proud of if he retires (and does not play for a rival)
could wait a few months for possible mid-season signing when healthy (if he still wants to play)
Go ahead and look at that draft and see what percentage of first round picks had as productive a career as he did. Maybe he wasn't the 15 sack guy that everyone wants, but how many of those are there, plus he was very solid against the run and a steady player that made very few mistakes.
Sure I would have liked Ed Reed too, but 23 teams passed on him as well.