The Patriots released two-time Pro Bowl linebacker, Adalius Thomas early last week. That got me to thinking, could Adalius Thomas reunite with Rex Ryan, the man who made him into one of the imposing figures on the Ravens’ defense? It’s possible.

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Adalius Thomas, 33, played the last three seasons for the New England Patriots. Thomas served as a hybrid defender who was not effective in Bill Belichick’s scheme. He registered only 14.5 sacks in three seasons with the club. As a member of Ryan’s defense in Baltimore, Thomas had 38.5 sacks in six full seasons (2001-2007).

If signed, Thomas would be injected into an aggressive, ball-hawking unit, something that he thrived in during his Ravens tenure. Thomas would re-join Raven team mate Bart Scott as well as David Harris and Calvin Pace to form the Jets’ linebacking core. The Jets already have aggressive pass rushers in Jason Taylor, Calvin Pace, and David Harris. Adding Thomas could put this unit over the top.

The Patriots fell out of favor with Thomas and his declining production. He was in the 4th year of his five-year $35 million dollar contract. Expect the market to be active for this linebacker.

Jets coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that adding Thomas is possible. I’m sure that Thomas would love a chance to play against his old Patriot club twice a year…

Jets Fans–Do you want Adalius Thomas patrolling the outsides this year for Gang Green?