Patriots offer contract to Zach Thomas
As I suggested last week in my Friday Tidbits, the New England Patriots have offered Zach Thomas a contract. In a text to The Miami Herald, Drew Rosenhaus wrote “‘We had a great visit in New England. They offered him a contract and we will continue negotiations.” Obviously nobody is surprised by this developement. The Patriots motto is “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. With Junior Seau leaning towards retirement, Zach Thomas would be a nice stop-gap measure (assuming he’s healthy) until they can develop some young talent at linebacker. That is what the Patriots ultimately need to do. However, if he can squeeze a year or two of solid play out of Zach Thomas in the meantime at a discounted rate, Bill Belichick will do so.
Thomas missed 11 games last year, but he still recorded 52 tackles. 140-160 tackles are the norm for this All-Pro. He could easily be plugged into the Patriots system (again, assuming he’s healthy) and shine. It just depends on what kind of offers he’ll get from other teams. The Patriots likely represent the best chance he has at winning a Super Bowl. If the offers are close, I don’t see how he could go anywhere other than New England.