Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Scott: Adalius Thomas wants to be a Jet
If the New England Patriots decide to cut outside linebacker Adalius Thomas, then he probably won't have to wait long to find employment.
A call to his previous defensive coordinator should be all it takes.
Before the Patriots made Thomas one of their major offseason free-agent acquisitions for 2007, he spent seven years with the Baltimore Ravens. He played under Rex Ryan, now the New York Jets' head coach.
Talkative Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott was a guest Tuesday morning on "Mike & Mike" and discussed his hope for reuniting with Thomas . Scott played seven seasons in Baltimore before following Ryan to the Jets a year ago.
"It's funny," Scott said. "I was hanging with Adalius Thomas for Super Bowl weekend. We're buddies from back in the day. He made it public that he's expressed in interest in joining Rex. I think some of his better years of his career have been a part of the Ravens' defense and under Rex Ryan's tutelage. It'll be exciting."
Thomas' time with the Patriots has been disappointing. He fell out of favor with Patriots coach Bill Belichick and was benched twice last year.
Thomas' sack numbers steadily climbed over his last three seasons with Baltimore. He collected eight, nine and a career-high 11. Since he joined the Patriots he has recorded 6.5, five and three last year.
Ryan playfully shot down a question about Thomas when asked Saturday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. But Ryan did explain why it's important for a new coach to collect former players, as he did last year with Scott, safety Jim Leonhard and defensive end Marques Douglas.
"That's big," Ryan said. "Any coach that gets a job will want to bring people in that he's familiar with. These are guys that the rest of the team is going to look at. You better make sure you bring the right guys in from a work-ethic standpoint, from the type of study habits and all that. They're teammates are going to be watching them."