A week after signing veteran pass-rusher Jason Taylor, the Jets have the chance to add Thomas, too. ESPNNewYork.com and the Newark Star-Ledger report the Jets are interested in giving Thomas a locker stall since the New England Patriots released him Monday.
The Jets are turning into one of those havens for situational veterans. They're a Super Bowl contender and willing to spend for quality help.
ESPN Stats & Information tracks about every imaginable game scenario and found the Jets recorded only four sacks on third-and-long plays last year, one per 19.5 pass attempts. That was fourth-worst in the league. Against an empty backfield, the Jets had no sacks on 43 attempts, second-worst in the league.
As you can see, the Jets still could stand to upgrade even after bringing Taylor into the fold.
Thomas was a disappointment with New England, signing a five-year, $35 million contract before the 2007 season.
The last time he was productive was with the Baltimore Ravens, where Rex Ryan was his defensive coordinator. Thomas went to a pair of Pro Bowls for the Ravens. In 2006, he recorded 11 sacks, a tackle for a safety, an interception and returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown.
In addition to Taylor, the Jets have last year's starters, Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas, on the roster. But some wiggle room was created when the Jets confirmed they moved Vernon Gholston to defensive end. ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini also reported the Jets have reworked Gholston's contract.
And you better believe Adalius Thomas is interested in joining the Jets. On "Mike & Mike" in early March, Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott, a former Ravens teammate of his, revealed Thomas' desire to switch allegiances.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, during an interview with Boston sports-radio station WEEI, explained the decision to cut Adalius Thomas was made after the Patriots re-evaluated their roster after the draft. The Patriots picked Florida outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham 53rd overall.
"After the draft, we talked about the personnel and looked at our roster and so forth, and we made that decision to move on with the players that we have," Belichick said. "He was a good football player, he came in and had a heck of a year for us in '07. Again, at this point in time, we felt like this was the direction we had to go on."