Mike Reiss of ESPN reported on Monday that the Patriots have finally parted ways with linebacker Adalius Thomas, and have released the veteran linebacker.
A sixth-round pick out of Southern Miss in 2000, Thomas was signed by New England as a free agent following the 2006 season, but his relationship with head coach Bill Belichick seemed to deteriorate during the 2009 season after being late for an 8am meeting due to a snowstorm which lead to him being sent home along with several other teammates.
“That’s one thing about Mother Nature,” Thomas later told the media following the incident. “You can’t control that. You can’t run people over getting to work. … I didn’t try to be late. That’s basically it. I don’t know anything else to say. Cars sitting in the road, you’re sitting there. What can you do? It’s not the Jetsons. I can’t jump up into the sky. What the hell am I supposed to do?”
Things were never the same after that with Thomas, and his lack of productivity didn’t help his situation. Now it appears as a result they’re moving on without him, and more importantly there’s a malcontent that has been removed from the locker room.