The South Florida Sun-Suntinel reports on why linebacker Zach Thomas chose to sign with the Cowboys instead of the Patriots. The primary reason, according to the piece, was loyalty to the Dolphins.
"Being a loyal Dolphin, and he'll always be a Dolphin, it would have been very difficult for him [to play for New England]," agent Drew Rosenhaus said on a radio interview with 560-AM, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "He did not want to alienate his fans, and really, I don't think he wanted to compete against the Dolphins."
While it is more and more difficult to find loyalty in professional sports -- both from the team-side and player-side -- Thomas seems to be one example. His situation appears to be similar to Troy Brown's.
Brown is still grappling on whether to play another NFL season, or retire. At this time, he has been told he is not in the Patriots' plans.
Brown previously visited with the Jets, where part of the appeal would be playing alongside fellow Marshall alum Chad Pennington. But also weighing on Brown's mind, for sure, is his loyalty to New England.
It will be interesting to see how things unfold with Brown's decision.