New York Jets: Linebacker Bryan Thomas Returns, Wants to Retire a Jet
The New York Jets have re-signed linebacker Bryan Thomas (via Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com) after cutting him less than a week ago. Thomas was cut last week to make room for cornerback Donnie Fletcher against the Miami Dolphins.
As was suspected by some, the move was made purely to get an edge in that game. There was never any intention to let Thomas go to another team.
Nickel cornerback Ellis Lankster was dealing with a back injury, and backup Isaiah Trufant has been having a disappointing season so far. For Week 3, the cornerback spot was more vital on the roster than the linebacker spot.
Now, Thomas is back and will try to return to health so that he can contribute. Thomas was drafted 22nd overall by the Jets in 2002 and has played with them for 11 seasons. He now says that he hopes to finish his career where he started:
I've been a Jet for 11 years. I wouldn't want to play for anybody else, no other organization. I love this organization. I've been here since I was a 21-year-old kid. This is where I always wanted to be and this is where I want to stay. I want to retire as a Jet ... that's my focus.
Will Bryan Thomas retire as a Jet?
With luck, Thomas will be ready to play this Sunday when the Jets host the San Francisco 49ers. A win would guarantee first place in the AFC East for another week. With a loss, the Jets would fall out of first place unless the Buffalo Bills also lose.
The Jets made a few other roster moves to start the week, as confirmed by the Jets' Twitter feed. Cornerback Donnie Fletcher and offensive tackle Dennis Landolt have both been waived. Neither of them has seen much playing time this year. They may be re-signed to the practice squad.
The Jets also waived defensive lineman Marcus Dixon. Dixon has seen action in the past few games, however the Jets are extremely deep at defensive line. If Dixon is not picked up by another team, he will almost certainly return to the Jets practice squad.
With the extra roster space, the Jets picked up wide receiver Patrick Turner to add depth. Turner played in 15 games last season for the Jets and scored one touchdown.
The Jets have been very active in the past 24 hours since the announcement of cornerback Darrelle Revis' injury. There may be more action yet to come.
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