Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas, who clashed in 2009 with coach Bill Belichick, was not present for the launch of offseason workouts on Monday, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.
But Thomas denies that he wants to play for the Jets, a contention that New York linebacker Bart Scott made two weeks ago.
“I’ve heard of all the chatter up there about me,” Thomas told Guregian via e-mail. “It was
about something Bart Scott said on TV, [and] that’s not what was said .
. . I have never told anyone that I wanted to leave and go play for the
Jets. . . .
“I have been asked by coaches, reporters [and] players, ‘Where are [you] going to play next year?’ And my response has been I don’t know,”
Thomas said. “I’m still a Patriot unless you know
something I don’t know, but reporters report any type of hype.
“Not once did anyone of [the media] . . . pick up the phone or e-mail
and ask if [that] was what I said. So I’m a Patriot until otherwise
noted from Bill [Belichick] or the organization.”
Possible translation? “Sure I want out. But Belichick would probably keep me here if I say I want out. So I ain’t sayin’ I want out.”
Thomas also said that he didn’t attend workouts on Monday because he didn’t know that the workouts started Monday.
If that’s true, then it’s just a matter of time before he gets to play for the Jets, or any of the other 30 teams.