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Pats send LB Adalius Thomas packing


In a move that was expected, the Pats on Monday said so long to linebacker Adalius Thomas. The 32-year-old was benched for a game last year against the Titans, and then was sent home with three other players for being late to an 8 a.m. meeting on a snowy, icy December morning.

Linebacker Adalius Thomas was released by the Patriots on Monday, according to an NFL source, ending a three-year tenure that started with promise and concluded with Thomas publicly sparring with the club.

Thomas was the highest-priced free-agent acquisition in team history, signing a five-year, $35 million contract in 2007, but he turned out to be one of the biggest personnel missteps in Bill Belichick’s 11-year tenure.

In the end, it was a pairing in which both sides didn’t get what they felt was advertised.

Thomas had issues with his role, expecting to be used as more of a pure pass rusher, while the Patriots were disappointed with Thomas’ production and presence in the locker room.

There are already rumors of the Dolphins being interested in his services, and also there’s rumblings that the Jets may have an interest in bringing him in as well.


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