Belichick takes high road with AD


Today, the Patriots divorced the biggest-ticket free agent addition in franchise history. And the split with Adalius Thomas was less-than-amicable.

But it was clear listening to Bill Belichick on WEEI’s Big Show this afternoon that the coach wasn’t going to pour salt in the wound. Not publicly, at least.

“After the draft, we talked about the personnel and looked at our roster and so forth, and we made that decision to move on with the players that we have,” Belichick told Glenn Ordway and Co. “He was a good football player, he came in and had a heck of a year for us in ’07. Again, at this point in time, we felt like this was the direction we had to go on.”

The team also put out this release, which speaks volumes with its brevity …

The New England Patriots released LB Adalius Thomas today. Thomas, 6-2, 270 pounds, originally signed with New England as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2007. Last season, he played in 14 games with 11 starts and finished with 31 total tackles, three sacks and two passes defensed. Thomas has played in 135 NFL games and has accumulated 584 tackles, seven interceptions, 17 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and 79 special teams tackles.

Normally, these things have a little more meat to them. This one didn’t have any comment from the team, nor did it mention his 53 career sacks. And so it’s over.


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