Jets Release LB Bryan Thomas

The Jets Saturday made a rather surprising roster move, as the team released former first-round pick LB Bryan Thomas. In a corresponding move, the team added cornerback Donnie Fletcher from the practice squad.

A first-round draft pick in 2002, Thomas has played in 146 games for the Jets, totaling 439 tackles and 31 sacks. He played in 11 postseason games with the Jets, the second-highest total in franchise history. Thomas missed the loss to the Steelers with a hamstring injury. He was doubtful to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Because of his status as a fully vested veteran who was on the Week 1 roster, Thomas’ $920,000 base salary is guaranteed. He’s now a free agent who can sign with any team. It’s been widely speculated the Jets could bring back Thomas as early as Monday.


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