Published: May 5th, 2010 | Tags: Adalius Thomas, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Mike McCarthy, Mike Singletary, New York Jets, Rex Ryan, San Francisco 49ers
Following his release by the Patriots last month, Adalius Thomas immediately became one of the bigger names on the free agent market. It seemed that he also immediately became linked to every team that runs a 3-4 defense.
Let’s try to sift through reports on some of the teams that have been linked to Thomas, all in varying degrees of certainty, as we wait for his next move.
Most recently, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee asked 49ers coach Mike Singletary about his interest in Thomas, who he coached in Baltimore. Singletary’s response was that he was “content” with the 49ers OLBs.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Tom Silverstein earlier this week he was “definitely looking at the position” and hasn’t ruled out adding a pass-rushing linebacker in free agency.
The Jets have also been linked to Thomas, and of course Rex Ryan didn’t shy away from the topic, telling The Star-Ledger‘s Manish Mehta he would “definitely consider” him.
There’s a logical fit for several teams as they sit back and gauge Thomas’ market value. NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora hasn’t heard anything “concrete” on Thomas, but sees the Broncos, Dolphins and Chiefs as teams that also make sense. Other 3-4 teams out there as possible landing spots include the Seahawks, Browns and Thomas’ former team, the Ravens. One other team as yet unmentioned is that of the Bills, who are transitioning to the 3-4 under George Edwards, but might have limited interest after adding Andra Davis and moving Aaron Maybin outside.