Zach Thomas Agrees to Terms With Kansas City Chiefs

Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer IApril 11, 2009

Long-time Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas will be playing for his third team in 2009 after agreeing to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs on April 11.

Thomas, 35, was a free agent this offseason after spending one season with the Dallas Cowboys. He signed with Dallas prior to last season after being released by the Dolphins in February.

A 13-year veteran who played his first 12 seasons with the Dolphins, Thomas has amassed over 1,700 tackles (more than anyone currently in the Hall of Fame) on his way to seven Pro Bowl selections and five first-team All-Pro selections.

It's no surprise to see Thomas land with the Chiefs, as new general manager Scott Pioli saw him plenty during his time in the New England front office.

Kansas City will likely be transitioning to the 3-4 defensive scheme under Pioli, meaning Thomas will man one of the team's two inside linebacker positions. Though not an ideal fit for the 3-4 as an undersized linebacker, Thomas did play in the scheme with the Cowboys in 2008 and recorded 94 tackles.

Chris Nelson is a journalism major at Georgia State University. He operates his own Miami Dolphins blog, which can be found here.