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Dolphins, Zach Thomas plan "joint announcement"

The Miami Dolphins issued a press release Thursday morning saying they will hold a “joint announcement” on Thursday afternoon with former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas.

Typically, this type of announcement means that Thomas will sign a one-day contract with the team so that he can retire as a Dolphin. We presume that’s what will happen today, and perhaps the Dolphins will also announce plans to formally honor Thomas in some way during the regular season.

Thomas was drafted by the Dolphins in 1996 and played in Miami through 2007. In 2008 he played for the Dallas Cowboys, and in 2009 he signed with the Chiefs but was released prior to the regular season.

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28 Responses to “Dolphins, Zach Thomas plan "joint announcement"”
  1. MoDolFan says: May 20, 2010 10:39 AM

    This is great news!! Finally the front office making a good decision from a PR standpoint.

  2. hnirobert says: May 20, 2010 10:40 AM

    Nice. Zach deserves as much, as will JT. It’s good to see Parcells/Ireland trying to do something for the fanbase other than just the ins and outs of football operations.

  3. pramis123 says: May 20, 2010 10:40 AM

    About time….I would love it if they also were to announce that he is hired as an assistant LB coach.

  4. Rob Hib says: May 20, 2010 10:41 AM

    It is about time. Must have felt the heat by multiple people. The Jason Taylor situation didn’t help too.

  5. irishsamurai says: May 20, 2010 10:43 AM

    overrated,pile jumper

  6. robert ethen says: May 20, 2010 10:44 AM

    With all the head shots Zach has taken, the “joint announcement” involves the Dolphin rep saying the words slowly with Thomas repeating them to the crowd.

  7. pramis123 says: May 20, 2010 10:51 AM

    About time….I would love it if they also were to announce that he is hired as an assistant LB coach.

  8. myeaglescantwin says: May 20, 2010 10:55 AM

    Jesus is my savior would love this type of open generosity and thanks giving displayed by the Miami franchise.
    Also the commitment showed by Zach Thomas.
    but it seems that he only wants to make negative comments. which is not the way of the lord.

  9. tom-ass says: May 20, 2010 10:58 AM

    Great news, because Zach Thomas is one of the most underrated, selfless, overachieving bad a$$es to play MLB in a 4-3 defense. If you disagree, go check his measurables (too short, too small, too slow) then check his production. Reality will slap you in the face.
    Speaking of which, irishsamurai (wtf?) and Mr. Ethen can kindly help themselves to a heaping bowl of my genitals. Go back to your Jets blog and chat about the second consecutive OTA Lombardi trophy.

  10. Steelerbroad says: May 20, 2010 10:59 AM

    Finally……………….He has always been a Dolphin. Yea Zach!!! The Tuna is human after all….

  11. Florio-is-a-tool says: May 20, 2010 11:00 AM

    Nope, they’re announcing their engagement. More than a 50% chance it ends in divorce.

  12. Marino13 says: May 20, 2010 11:00 AM

    One of Jimmy Johnsons best finds…a 5th round steal!! Guy played his balls off every game, one of the most underrated LBs…take him over that overated LB in chicago.

  13. ebr362 says: May 20, 2010 11:02 AM

    Does the Tuna know?

  14. overkil2 says: May 20, 2010 11:10 AM

    “Marino13 says:
    May 20, 2010 11:00 AM
    One of Jimmy Johnsons best finds…a 5th round steal!! Guy played his balls off every game, one of the most underrated LBs…take him over that overated LB in chicago.

    Any day of the week. The only LB better than Zach during his playing days was Ray Lewis, and the stats aren’t too much different,

  15. Dolfan34 says: May 20, 2010 11:14 AM

    GREAT news!! Zach is very deserving of this honour. He gave his heart and sole to this franchise for years……a true professional!! Very happy for him!! Bravo!!

  16. Hap says: May 20, 2010 11:25 AM

    The Dolphins are announcing Zack’s retiring a Dallas Cowboy.

  17. CleanSlaton says: May 20, 2010 11:27 AM

    Too hard for me to like a Tx Tech Red Raider.
    friggin sand aggies…….
    Lubbock sucks. Period.
    Try and remember to show up, concussion boy.

  18. davesnothereman says: May 20, 2010 11:32 AM

    Shouldn’t any Dolphins Joint announcements involve “Sticky Icky” Ricky Williams?

  19. texasPHINSfan says: May 20, 2010 11:40 AM

    wow, color me surprised that the dolphins decided to take care of a franchise legend.
    this regime isn’t exactly “friendly” to the veterans of the club.
    Hope it’s the retirement announcement, and if it is, congrats to Zach!

  20. 305phinphan says: May 20, 2010 11:42 AM

    Zach Thomas was one of the most underrated players in history. It was a pleasure watching him for all of those years in aqua and orange. I wish more players in todays game had his heart and drive. ZT will forever be one of the greatest LB’s in Dolphin Franchise. Thanks 54

  21. NJBoysFan says: May 20, 2010 11:47 AM

    Why are all the comments suggesting that Miami is doing some rarely seen, classy act? If you spend 10+yrs with a Franchise and leave that team. They often will give you the 1 day contract/press conference so you can cry and hold your kid on your lap.

  22. Calgaryfin says: May 20, 2010 11:52 AM

    Great that Zach retires as a Dolphin (refused to go the the Patriots). Now if they could just do the something positive with Jake Scott!

  23. JoeSchmoe says: May 20, 2010 11:53 AM

    I love joints… that’s my announcement.

  24. finsbooyah says: May 20, 2010 11:59 AM

    Zach, one of my favorite Dolphins of all time… Can’t wait to see your name in the ring of honor and hopefully the Hall real soon

  25. Bu-Tang Clan says: May 20, 2010 12:27 PM

    Probably one of the greatest stories in the NFL and one of the best MLB to ever play! Hopefully he’ll be inducted into the ring of honor this season!

  26. jetboy says: May 20, 2010 1:04 PM

    Great player, he must be pissed at his brother in-law though, I would love to be a fly on the wall at one of their family get together’s, Zach hated us more than Jason.

  27. BernieMac says: May 20, 2010 1:24 PM

    NJBoysFan says:
    May 20, 2010 11:47 AM
    Why are all the comments suggesting that Miami is doing some rarely seen, classy act? If you spend 10+yrs with a Franchise and leave that team. They often will give you the 1 day contract/press conference so you can cry and hold your kid on your lap.
    You dont keep up with the dolphins very much do you? I have always been a fan but they have really treated some of there long time players pretty poorly as of late

  28. mama tried says: May 20, 2010 2:46 PM

    Shouldn’t any Dolphins Joint announcements involve “Sticky Icky” Ricky Williams?
    awesome!!! fire it up icky ricky!

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