Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas said Thursday his falling out with head coach Bill Belichick started after the first week of the season and suggested he does not want to return to New England next season.
"After the Buffalo game, the first game of the year, something happened and I was like 'I really don't understand this,'" Thomas said on the "Felger and Massarotti Show" on Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub while visiting Radio Row at Super Bowl XLIV.
Thomas said he had a "confusing" meeting after the first game about his overall performance and "whether or not it was sufficient."
"I knew at that point it was bigger than what was on the surface. It was something bigger than that," Thomas said on the radio show. "You guys watch the games. I was used totally differently this year than I was last year before I broke my arm. Even before I came back, I was told that I was going to be used differently."
Thomas, who is scheduled to earn $4.9 million in 2010, said he is not sure where he will play next season, but that he wants it to be, "somewhere where I'm wanted and where I'm going to have fun. That's where I want to be."
He stopped short of saying he felt unwanted in New England, but told the radio show, "I definitely didn't have fun. It was definitely a frustrating year as far as that goes."
Thomas called his three years in New England a "roller-coaster", and this year was a low point that included him being a healthy scratch for a game against the Tennessee Titans and being sent home with three others for showing up late for a December morning meeting in snowy, icy conditions.
Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPN Boston.