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Jets to Sign Adalius Thomas?

Ever since Calvin Pace went down with broken foot Friday night against the Redskins, there have been rampant rumors about Adalius Thomas joining the Jets to reunite with his former coach, Rex Ryan.

In his MMQB column Peter King spoke to Adalius Thomas regarding the rumors:

“That is ridiculous,” he said. “If they called me, I’d definitely call them back. All I know is [GM] Mike Tannenbaum called my agent [Bus Cook] a couple of days ago and they’re interested in maybe doing something with me — but not until after the first game of the season.”

The prospect of that didn’t thrill Thomas, for obvious reasons. If a veteran is on a team’s roster in Week 1, he’s guaranteed his salary for the season. If a player signs in Week 2, a team can cut him at any time and be obligated only for whatever the guaranteed portion of the contract there is.

Thomas told me he and Rex Ryan did speak this weekend, and though nothing was remotely imminent, he hoped to sign with the Jets. He had good success under Ryan, the former Baltimore defensive coordinator, as a utility kind of player — he played all over the defense, covering the former Chad Johnson in 2005 in a Baltimore-Cincinnati game. But in New England, he never found a niche in three years and clashed with Bill Belichick. In his three seasons, he forced two fumbles and had 14.5 sacks. Not the impact New England wanted in return for its investment.

If this scenario does come true, the Jets would likely release Thomas once Pace returns to the lineup. It’s also the same thing they said they would do with Laveranues Coles and he said he would likely retire too. And you can’t really blame them. They are essentially being used by the team and when they aren’t needed anymore being thrown own like garbage. If the Jets are really serious about contending for a Super Bowl then they better stop being so cheap and just pay them the veterans minimum ($820K). They obviously think they can help the team, so why not just pay them. They just spent splurged on a $1.6 billion stadium, yet they are pinching pennies for actual players that help you win games.


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