POSTED 9:59 p.m. EST; UPDATED 10:10 p.m. EST, March 2, 2007 THOMAS DEAL COMING? John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that the Patriots have struck a "preliminary deal" with free-agent linebacker Adalius Thomas. But we sense a certain uneasy quality about the report, and it lacks the same unequivocal feel that most reports of player signings posses. If that makes any sense. We're not saying it won't happen. But, for now, we're not completely convinced that it will.