Instead of blowing up the team as many had speculated, the Jets are re-signing their longest tenured player in outside linebacker Bryan Thomas.
The team’s first round selection in the 2002 draft, Thomas tore his left Achilles tendon in Week Four of the 2011 season, forcing him to undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.
In the latest installment of ‘the trusting the old guard phase’ New York’s front office has been steadfast in their confidence and belief in the team’s current group of core players. Thomas had been rumored to be on his way out of the Big Apple with the Jets setting their sights on stellar pass rushers headlining this year’s draft class. Thomas was brought back on a one-year deal and is currently rehabbing from surgery.
Gang Green expects Thomas to be back healthy and ready to serve as a valuable contributor as he did in 2010 when he led the team in sacks with six. Entering his 11th season, all with the Jets, Thomas has amassed 32.5 career sacks and had only missed two games prior to the 2011 season.
While his track record is strong, Thomas joins recently re-signed Sione Pouha as the elder statesman on the defensive side of the ball. As the Jets seek to return to prominence, Thomas will have one last hoorah to contend for a title in Green and White.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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