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For LB, not much cooking — job-wise

By Shalise Manza Young
Globe Staff / May 23, 2010

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A month ago, linebacker Adalius Thomas called his situation with the Patriots uncomfortable. The assumption was that he would be released, but until it happened, he was sort of in limbo.

Now that he’s been released, Thomas faces a different kind of uncertainty: He doesn’t know where his next team will play.

At an event in Canton to promote his A.D.licious marinade, the linebacker said of being unemployed, “It is different. It’s definitely different. It’s confirmation of what I knew, that I was going to be released, but now it’s a different waiting game. You pray to God, let him handle it and let it go.’’

Thomas hasn’t drawn much interest, but he remains upbeat that he will be picked up this summer.

“This is always the transition stage [on the NFL calendar],’’ he said. “There’s rarely signings. In June, hopefully that’s when it will pick up. It’s pretty much wait and see.’’

The 32-year-old was in his element working the grill yesterday, cooking chicken breasts and pork chops that had been soaking in his marinade, which is based on his family’s recipe. There were other small companies offering barbecued items, too.

Thomas, wearing a “Hail to the Chef’’ apron, was generally well-received, and his food was lauded.

Though few fans were upset to see Thomas leave — there was a perception that he was a locker room problem and ceased caring about the team, a situation that came to a head during the “LateGate’’ drama — the Alabama native insists there is no bad blood.

“I didn’t see much about it,’’ he said. “Some people had good things to say, some had bad things to say. I have no hard feelings toward anybody.’’

Banta-Cain back
At Wes Welker’s football camp in Braintree, the receiver had some help from teammates Tully Banta-Cain and Julian Edelman.

Banta-Cain spent a few minutes talking with reporters, and revealed that he had minor surgery on his left shoulder.

“I’m getting recovered from that,’’ he said. “I’m finally back doing everything with the team, doing all the workouts and OTAs. I’m just getting back to my form.’’

Heading into his eighth season, Banta-Cain signed a three-year contract with the Patriots in March, after his career-best 10-sack season.

Big opening act
UMass-Lowell’s graduation already had star power, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell set to deliver the commencement address next weekend. And now it has another big draw, with Patriots owner Robert Kraft set to introduce Goodell.

The two have grown close over the years, as Kraft has become one of the league’s most prominent owners.

Albert R. Breer of the Globe staff contributed to this story.

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