Pats’ Thomas downplays flirtation with Jets

Patriots LB Adalius Thomas is keeping quiet about his future with the team. (Paul Spinelli / Associated Press)

The Patriots’ offseason program began Monday, and though LB Adalius Thomas wasn’t present for the voluntary workouts, he remains on the team … for now.

While Thomas didn’t hint at what might be in store for him, one note in an e-mail that he sent to the Boston Herald‘s Karen Guregian — the fact that he apparently didn’t even know the team’s offseason program began Monday — could say everything we need to know about the Patriots’ plans for him.

Thomas’ rocky relationship with coach Bill Belichick has been well documented, and many expect the 10-year veteran to be released or cut at some point this summer. Reports recently surfaced that Thomas was interested in joining the Jets to be reunited with former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and his old ‘backing mate Bart Scott. But on Tuesday, Thomas disputed that notion in an e-mail to Guregian, saying, “I have never told anyone that I wanted to leave and go play for the Jets.”

Thomas’ e-mail gave no indication of where his career might be headed following a relatively unproductive season in which he was benched for a couple of games. Thomas totaled 34 tackles and three sacks in 14 games and 11 starts.

I have been asked by coaches, reporters (and) players, ‘Where are (you) going to play next year?’ And my response has been I don’t know,” Thomas wrote in the e-mail. “I’m still a Patriot unless you know something I don’t know, but reporters report any type of hype.

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