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Surprise! Jets ready for run at Thomas

Posted by Albert Breer  April 27, 2010 09:11 AM

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The theory out there a few weeks back was that once the Jets signed Jason Taylor, the Patriots could cut Adalius Thomas because New York would no longer have a use for him.

So much for that.

ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini is reporting that the Jets are considering a run at the veteran linebacker, and the Newark Star-Ledger's Manish Mehta reports that the club has interest in the wake of Thomas's ouster.

I've also wondered in this space about the Dolphins' potential interest in Thomas, who would probably like to stick it to New England by staying in the division. I'm told that while defensive coordinator Mike Nolan (who coached him in Baltimore) likes him as a player, the club's steadfast commitment to its youth movement on the roster will almost certainly prevent Miami from going after Thomas.

The Dolphins drafted two conversion types (Koa Misi, Chris McCoy) over the weekend, and have promising youngster Cameron Wake on the team.

Potentially opening the door for Thomas in New York is the move to kick the disappointing Vernon Gholston down to end in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense.

Ryan's presence, of course, is a huge reason why New York is such a natural fit -- the Jets coach nicknamed Thomas "The Coordinator" and once compared him to Lawrence Taylor. Yup, that's a bit ... much.

In retrospect, it's amazing how spectacularly the Thomas signing went down in flames here. Going back and reading Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback from the first weekend of free agency in 2007, you see how Thomas's arrival in New England, at the time, was considered a much bigger deal than Wes Welker landing here. And how he was the ultimate team guy, and all that. Unbelievable to go back and read that.
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