In the Starting Line-Up
Seriously? He's in a come back year, trying to justify one last decent contract. To do that, he needs to get on the field, put up some numbers, and be valuable to a team. The Pats have at least four receivers solidly ahead of him on the depth chart, plus two rookies they'll want to give playing time to.
What could be better than going to a team on a one year contract where you are reunited with a coach who knows how to use you and has seen the best of you, on a team where you have a chance to play into a starting role? Why is that worse than what he faced from the Pats' bench and inactive list, week after week?
I see this as Belichick once again being a players' coach. Thomas came on good faith, then circumstances put a limit on his opportunity. The Pats responded by putting him in the best position possible to be successful, even though it is strengthening a rival.
Only one week ago he was probably told that he was needed on the team and then he semi-kinda did the team a favor by re-signing after being cut.
Plus he's going from a Title contender to a team that if makes the play offs, it would be good season. Maybe DT really wanted a ring and this would be his last, best chance of getting it
Id agree with you, since Ive learned a few posts ago, that going back to coach who gets him is a major plus. Maybe this did go through DT and wasn't just a Staff decision.
I wish him well there.