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Bryan Thomas thinking about retirement

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Bryan Thomas said near the end of the 2012 season that he wasn’t thinking about retiring, but injury news has caused the linebacker to entertain thoughts about calling it quits.

Thomas played through a torn pectoral muscle for the Jets in the second half of the 2012 season, but found out after the season that he also had a torn tendon in his shoulder. He’s had surgery and told Seth Walder of the New York Daily News that it will be some time before he knows whether or not he’ll be able to keep playing.

“I haven’t even thought about it, to be honest with you,” Thomas said. “If I go now and sign for the vet minimum for one year, I wouldn’t even pass the physical right now.”

Thomas said that his first choice would be a return to the Jets, for whom he has played since they made him a first-round pick in 2002. While Thomas likely won’t command much more than the veteran’s minimum given his injury and limited production in 2012, the Jets have been moving on from many of the players who made up their defense in recent seasons. It’s unlikely they’d change course with Thomas, although it seems we’ll be waiting a while to find out what, if anything, remains for Thomas in the NFL.

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15 Responses to “Bryan Thomas thinking about retirement”
  1. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 24, 2013 10:42 AM


  2. cannonballdookie says: Mar 24, 2013 10:43 AM

    If he did retire, would anyone notice?

  3. ampats says: Mar 24, 2013 11:19 AM

    Bryan Thomas actually said he would retire rather than play for the Jets.

  4. anewmein2013 says: Mar 24, 2013 11:26 AM

    still remember that the jets drafted him over ed reed when they needed desperately needed a safety that year…they went on to draft jon mcgraw in the second round…and that’s why they are the jets

  5. monsterscream says: Mar 24, 2013 11:38 AM

    He’s got an assault charge pending so he would probably be suspended for a couple of games anyway had he not retired.

  6. flavordave says: Mar 24, 2013 11:44 AM

    Im sure the thought of Chip Kelly revolutionizing the game of football at a much faster pace has something to do about it. Im positive. I just cant even begin to comprehend the fear in all these other flabby out of shape teams. What will they do? How will they get by for 60 minutes? Hey its a comin. And theres simply nothing you can do about it.

  7. jerrygray721 says: Mar 24, 2013 12:01 PM

    i challenge him to make a retirement video half as good as anthony adams was

  8. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 24, 2013 12:19 PM

    anewmein2013 says:
    Mar 24, 2013 11:26 AM
    still remember that the jets drafted him over ed reed when they needed desperately needed a safety that year…they went on to draft jon mcgraw in the second round…and that’s why they are the jets


    Last time I checked our defenses have been pretty dominant in the league for years sans 2012 running & passing stats. Thomas although not elite has been an above average LB for that cause. Its the consistency on the offensive side of the roster & play we’ve mostly struggled at last two years. Our secondary which your example points to was actually 2nd in the league last year & the main factor that kept us in games. And although the strategy of that draft is debatable thats the one area on the roster we’ve actually done exceptionally well in maintaining a high level of consistent play. Have you ever heard of Cromartie or Revis? If you are going to find evidence against the organization to justify your hate at least have the football scruples to use relevant examples to justify your generalized barbs.

  9. barrywhererufrom says: Mar 24, 2013 12:35 PM

    As a Jets fan I think Thomas retired about 3 years ago

  10. scottnrsv says: Mar 24, 2013 12:47 PM

    Always liked B.T. Guy was solid, great against
    The run. Old school parcels type guy. I wish him
    Luck no matter what he decides.

  11. lrjets says: Mar 24, 2013 2:21 PM

    If the haters knew what goes into making an NFL squad, they’d be slower to make fun.
    Remember, these are the ones that fetched the sodas while their peers were on the field.
    Now they fetch for the Florio Crew.

  12. bigjoe2269 says: Mar 24, 2013 2:29 PM

    he was a nice player but worthy of a first round pick – not even close

  13. micknangold says: Mar 24, 2013 2:45 PM

    The people who’re making fun of Thomas probably never saw him play.

  14. seaeagle707 says: Mar 24, 2013 3:32 PM

    Played with a torn pec and shoulder tendon? That’s one tough dude. Not my team, but he gets my respect.

  15. nyjets1017 says: Mar 24, 2013 3:41 PM

    There was a reason he lasted 11 years on one team

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