The Patriots finally put linebacker Adalius Thomas out of his misery.
On Monday, the team cut the malcontent, according to Mike Reiss and Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Thomas arrived in New England amidst much fanfare. The Patriots looked like the perfect fit to use his versatility after a successful stint in Baltimore, but his play steadily declined in his three years in New England.
He recorded 14.5 sacks in three seasons, breaking his arm midway through the 2008 campaign just after his best stretch of play in New England. He was a useful piece to the defense, but not worth his huge salary. Thomas didn’t win enough one-on-one matchups and clashed with Bill Belichick in 2009.
The Jets were a logical landing spot for him earlier in the offseason, but may be overstuffed with Jason Taylor now in the fold.