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    Adalius Thomas, according to ProFootball Focus, missed 25 percent of his total attempted solo tackles last season. This was the worst percentage among NFL linebackers in 2009. The story can also be found on Rotoworld NFL.

    I thought AD's problem was all of the off field stuff. I guess the off field stuff wasn't as bad as the onfield stuff.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    I thought the off-field stuff was Thomas' response to the criticism (and benching) he got from BB for his (lack of) onfield stuff.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Hmmph. Kinda backs up how it looked last year. Big friggin' stiff.

    Funny, that year he was the top FA available, and the Pats went out and signed him. We won March that year big-time. Didn't quite work out the way everyone thought. Just goes to show the perception of a great FA signing doesn't always match the reality.

    I think the Jests are going to find out they were better with Shepard and Jones than Cromartie and LdT. I think the Dolphins came out ahead dumping Porter and signing Dansby, but not enough to make a difference in 2010.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    I suspect the Pats are trying to package him on draft day for some sort of move.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Eh... so he had an off year. :rolleyes:
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Just cut the guy,who would trade for a bad 9mil a year linebacker? I know you take a cap hit of what 4mil? Your still gaining 5mil since his salary is 9.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    It's ALL savings as there's no Cap this year.

    That said, I think BB wants to control where AD plays this season, e.g. not for the Jets, Miami or possibly Cleveland. Expect a trade for a 7th with maybe some performance metric upside. Maybe AD's big $ might make a trade unlikely and BB would be forced to cut him assuming he could find another OLB for the 53 better than AD's lackadasical effort.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Oh please, AD isn't that bad. I mean he only has 4 more misses than Patrick Willis does*














    *in 97 fewer attempts.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    While I agree that he'll probably be traded, I wouldn't be absolutely shocked to see him stay either. While he hasn't lived up to his huge versatility hype, he did give us options at both inside and outside LB positions. He has indeed provided some production, just not as much as we expected. It's interesting that he was quite a force in the SB, and had a decent year in 2008 also. We were all very upset when he broke his arm, as he was showing some good force at times in 08. I'll always remember the Brett Favre sack when he took down 2 guys.

    He obviously didn't have his heart into it last year, as there are reports of problems with BB and positioning all the way back to the very 1st game vs. BUF. It'll be interesting to see if Belichick thinks he can play still in whatever role he may see fit. It's possible also that BB is waiting for some other, better options at the position before he decides one way or the other.
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    Well said. We'll see.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Can we just release him so he can go to the Jets now?
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    What makes people think we could trade him. Let's go over him.

    1. Salary of 9million a year.
    2. Reported Malcontent
    3. Worst tackling LB.
    4. Mediocre pass rusher.
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    Now I have been an AD defender and someone who has been hoping that they keep him this year. HOWEVER what is most disturbing for me, wasn't the 8 misses, but the fact he only had 24 tackles. Those oar CB numbers....and bad CB numbers at that. I cannot believe that he played the entire year and only had a shot at 32 tackles as a LB.

    I'd love to see the total number of plays he was on the field in regular D. If its 2/3rds or more that I have had a change of mind about AD Thomas
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Number that stood out most to me was Patrick Willis.

    121 tackles, only 4 misses.

    incredible.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

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    He will get cut at the last possible moment, forget about a pick, I don't think you could give him away with his contract.

    Jets seem to be his logical home if he does get cut, I doubt the Jets would pay more then 2.5 mil. IMHO.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    It's highly doubtful that Belichick would just let him walk away without nothing at all in return. While we may not be able to get too great of a pick for him, we should be able to get something--from someone. Out of 32 teams in this league, someone will part with a 6th or 7th rounder in 2011--in a worst case scenario.

    While he had some poor production in 2009, that doesn't erase his seasons prior where he showed average to good production. Some feel he would've been an MVP candidate for SB 42, had we hung on.

    This is a league where Joey Porter just got a great money deal.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    That's a pretty telling stat. Tackling is a head and heart thing. You're going to have lots of chances to make tackles at that position, and not properly breaking down, grabbing jersey, or tackling high is going to result in lots of whiffs. That's mental stuff. Confirms that his heart wasn't in it.
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    The Cards are crying out for LB's. Send him and a 7th there for a 5th.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Good call. However, if at the end of the day I could get just a 7th for him, I'm taking it.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Numbers like that tell me that he stayed blocked. Playing the strongside in a belichick 34 with Ty Warren in front of you? That's a pretty high tackle position. Couldn't get off blocks and whiffed in the open. That's effort.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    told ya he sucked 2 years ago, along with kaczur, koppen, and light.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    His salary is 4.9, not 9. There is no cap hit this year but if there were...his cap hit would be 4.9+4.4 if retained and 4.4 if cut or traded.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Always comforting to know we have the spell check, add link and gramatical (also can be spelled with 2 m's) police thriving on this site.

    As for AD - sure would be nice to get anything for him and also not see him to go the Jets. Not that I think he will discover the fountain of youth, his lost speed or talent if he did go there. It's just that I would just hate having to listen to his freaking rants twice a year along with his buddy coach Ryan & fellow teammate Scott.

    If there is one championship Jets win hands down these days, without a doubt they are #1 in LOUD MOUTHS!!
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    Yeah, and what did the Dolphins get in return?

    The only way Thomas gets traded is if TWO teams want him, and one wants him bad enough to trade. Otherwise just wait until he is cut. If he isn't, so what? There isn't any team who feels the absolutely need to have him thsi year.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    If that is your opinion that Belichick would simply cut him, then fine. I can't see how he would allow the possibility of AD going to a division rival, thus making them stronger.

    Some of us believe that Belichick will try to get something, anything, for him in return. You may be one of the ones who doesn't think this way--more power to you. If Belichick allows our major FA aquisition from 2007 to simply walk away with not even a low round draft pick in return, AND risks making a provenly strong division rival even stronger, then I'd be somewhat surprised.

    Since ARZ just gave Porter a very decent deal, then obviously yes, there was some market for him. If no one wants to part with a 6th or 7th for AD, even next year, then I don't think BB will let him leave. That's just my opinion, right or wrong. Only time will tell.
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    Re: Adalius Thomas leagues worst linebacker

    My guess is that Thomas will be traded for low (perhaps conditional-only) value, then cut by the team that trades for him.

    Also, and not 100% consistently with my first comment, I note that if he's only cut in late August, his choice of teams will be different than it is now. The one willing to pay him the most money might not be the one with the best stylistic fit (e.g., Jets), but rather the one that has the biggest remaining hole at LB.
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