Tag:zach thomas
Posted on: February 23, 2008 7:14 pm
  •  
 

Going home

Linebacker Zach Thomas signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys Saturday, a deal that could pay him $3 million.

Thomas, who is from Texas, will try to beat out Akin Adoyele for an inside linebacker spot in the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme. The Cowboys would like a more active linebacker than Ayodele, who doesn't run all that well. So what do they do? Sign a 34-year-old linebacker to take his place?

Thomas was a heck of a player in his day, and the price wasn't too prohibitive, but there are plenty of young, active linebacker here in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine who might have been a better option.

At least the Cowboys did something right and didn't give him a long-term deal.The Cowboys beat out the Saints and Patriots for a chance to sign Thomas.

 

Category: NFL
Tags: zach thomas
 
Posted on: February 18, 2008 10:24 am
 

More old and slow for the Pats?

So the New England Patriots are bringing in former Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas for a visit.


Just what they need, another old, slowing linebacker. Hey, didn't they just lose a Super Bowl with four of those starting?


All year long, I made the rally cry that the Pats linebackers were old and slow and that it would show. It showed more than they let on during their run to an undefeated season. With both Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau set to become unrestricted free agents, it looks like the Pats are planning to travel an all-too-familiar path. How about drafting some guys with speed to play those positions?

Thomas is also being considered by the Cowboys, Saints and some others. For any of those teams thinking they're getting the same Zach Thomas, they should think again. He has slowed down some.

That might be why the Patriots are interested.

 

Category: NFL
Tags: zach thomas
 
Posted on: February 14, 2008 5:14 pm
 

Cleaning house

After purging his roster Monday, releasing quarterback Trent Green and others for cap reasons, Dolphins president Bill Parcells was at it again Thursday when news got out that he was planning to release veteran linebacker Zach Thomas.

In his 12 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Thomas has been a fan favorite, a tough guy who played hard all the time. He was a damn good player, but I always thought he was a tad overrated, which means he wasn't great. Plus, he's 34 and his body has broken down some. And he's had some head injuries, which is always a concern.

But as much as any of that, Thomas release was about money and the fact that he didn't fit with what Parcells wants from his linebackers. He wants them big. Thomas isn't that ast 230 pounds. When Parcells coached the Cowboys, he asked Bradie James to blow up to 265 pounds. James told me he never felt comfortable at that weight and shed the weight last season when Parcells left, dropping to 245 pounds. He looked and played faster.

Thomas will find his way to another team and he should give them a couple of good years. One has to wonder if veteran defensive end Jason Taylor is next. Taylor could be traded to offer even more cap relief. The Dolphins have trimmed $14 million off of their cap and now have over $40 million to spend in free agency.

All the moves have Parcells' fingerprints on them.  For those who think Parcells isn't running the football side of things, think again. The Dolphins are his team, not Jeff Ireland's team or Tony Sparano-cells.

 

 

Category: NFL
Tags: zach thomas
 
Posted on: February 14, 2008 5:13 pm
This entry has been removed by the administrator.

Post Deleted by Administrator

This message has been removed by the administrator.

Posted on: February 14, 2008 5:12 pm
This entry has been removed by the administrator.

Post Deleted by Administrator

This message has been removed by the administrator.

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com