While news broke yesterday that the Jets are interested in signing free agent linebacker Jarret Johnson, Brian Costello of the New York Post is reporting that the Jets also have discussed resigning soon-to-be free agent Bryan Thomas.
The Jets are considering re-signing free-agent outside linebacker Bryan Thomas, according to two sources.
Thomas missed most of the 2011 season with a torn left Achilles tendon, but he has been rehabilitating the injury and expects to be 100 percent for next season.
The Jets selected Thomas, 32, in the first round of the 2002 NFL Draft. When they let go defensive end Shaun Ellis last summer, Thomas became the longest-tenured Jet. Thomas’ 145 games played are the fourth-most for a linebacker in team history.
He suffered the season-ending injury on Oct. 2 in a 34-17 loss to the Ravens. Many in the organization felt the loss of Thomas severely hindered the team’s defense, and the team never found a stable replacement for him. Jamaal Westerman, Garrett McIntyre, Josh Mauga and Aaron Maybin all spent time in Thomas’ spot.
Thomas spent the rest of the season working out at the Jets’ training center, so the team’s doctors should have a good idea of how healthy Thomas is.
It is unclear what role the Jets would bring back Thomas in. Maybin emerged last season as the team’s best pass rusher. The Jets could use a combination of Thomas on running downs with Maybin entering in pass situations.
This is interesting. From what I understand, Johnson and Thomas are two very similar players. Much like BT, Johnson is known for stopping the run. (He only had 2.5 sacks last season). It will be interesting to see if the Jets choose between Johnson and Thomas, or if they decide to bring in both. I truly thought Thomas was done in a Jets uniform, especially since he’s coming off of a serious injury. Nonetheless, this will certainly be something to keep an eye on as free agency approaches.