Would you take Zach Thomas next season?

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  1. NE39

    NE39 Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    The Dolphin's blog in the Sun-Sentinel reports the following:

    I've always liked Thomas because he is a smart, productive gamer. He would seem like a natural fit with NE, given how well he performed as a 3-4 ILB when Saban coached Miami.

    The negative is he is 34 years old and has had concussion problems.

    Would you take him on the Pats next season, if Miami cuts him?
  2. xmarkd400x

    xmarkd400x 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    I don't see why the Patriots would take him. Personally, I think he has had an above average career, but is on the tail end of it. How many 30+ ILBs do the Pats need?
  3. letekro

    letekro In the Starting Line-Up

    There's two issues here that can't be confused:

    1. He is a great player, and a Patriots type player, and he may have something left.

    2. He is one hit away from being a mush mind. For his sake, I hope he hangs em up.
  4. AndyJohnson

    AndyJohnson PatsFans.com Veteran PatsFans.com Supporter

    He is also far too small to play ILB in our D.
  5. shmessy

    shmessy Maude Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Although I, admittedly, wrote that about Moss at this time last year :).
  6. dryheat44

    dryheat44 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    If Seau and/or Bruschi retire, I could think of worse replacements. If he wants to come in on the cheap and take a shot at a ring as part of the ILB rotation, I'd love to have him.
  7. Keegs

    Keegs In the Starting Line-Up

    I'd like to have him too.

    I would be perfectly happy if this team would continue to get old MIddle Linebackers who are still pretty good, and close to retirement to come play here.
  8. PatsDparty

    PatsDparty On the Game Day Roster

    I wouldn't mind having thomas in a rotational role, similar to what bruschi was in before Colvin got hurt. I thought I heard somewhere that Channing Crowder (I think thats his name) might be a free agent, or a RFA...I remember reading that BB is a fan of his, and he could be someone to keep an eye on this offseason.
  9. juxtapoz15

    juxtapoz15 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

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    I thought I heard BB say that also, I was looking up his info and this popped out at me, hopefully it is not too serious...

    Name: Channing Crowder
    Height/Weight: 6-2, 245
    Position: LB
    Born: 12/2/83
    College: Florida '06
    Acquired: D3b, '05
    NFL: Third Season
    Dolphins: Third Season

    "2007 - Was placed on Injured Reserve on Dec. 22nd and was lost for the remainder of the season ... On Dec. 18th underwent a right knee arthroscopy ... The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews at St. Vincent’s Hospital Birmingham, Alabama"
  10. CTPatsFan

    CTPatsFan Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    Sadly I think Zach's better days are long gone. Concussion issues being a huge concern.
  11. scout

    scout Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    The Patriots will always have 30+ ILB's long after Bruschi and Jr. retire, that is as long as BB is coaching.
  12. NE39

    NE39 Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    He was great when Saban played the same scheme. IMO, he is an exception to the rule because of his toughness, instincts and intelligence as a football player.

    My biggest concern is the concussions. Maybe they can get him one of those special mouthpieces or something.
  13. Calciumee

    Calciumee PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Thomas would fit in brilliantly!

    But, I agree that his days have passed. Might be worth a go, if he doesn't hang up his cleats.
  14. primetime

    primetime Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    I could see him being the next Seau-type, after Seau's gone. He's always been a stud, and while his best days are behind him I don't see why he couldn't play in a rotation (especially if Bruschi stays on next year, or the Patriots pick up a guy like Hobson or Haggans). The only concern I have is his concussion history, but if he's willing to give it more of a go, good for him.
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2008
  15. italian pat patriot

    italian pat patriot In the Starting Line-Up

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    if Seau and Bruschi will retire...mmm...probably yes
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