One of the lingering issues with the 2010 New England Patriots is the status of outside linebacker Adalius Thomas.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe makes the trip to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for a chat with Thomas, who holds his annual football camp today. The piece reveals the following from Thomas's point of view:
1. Thomas has bad feelings from the way his rehabilitation from a broken right forearm went in 2008, and suggests the Patriots could have handled it differently. He has 12 screws and a plate in his arm. His wrist still bothers him at times.
2. Thomas was confused at his benching last season against the Titans because he had earned a game ball three weeks prior. He also said he had been told over the summer that his role would be changing because he wasn't viewed as a good pass rusher by the coaching staff, which bothered him. He still feels like he's a good pass rusher.
3. Thomas has not taken part in the offseason program and has not been in contact with the team. Nor has his agent Bus Cook. But he plans to attend mandatory minicamp if he's still on the roster. This is significant because the Patriots, assuming they don't have long-term plans for him, wouldn't want him to get injured and then be on the hook for his $4.9 million salary. So that puts the June 15-17 mini-camp as a key checkpoint if there isn't a move before then.
"I’m fine with coming back," Thomas tells Manza Young.