March 3, 2007

FIDESTE ADELIUS:

Patriots close on Thomas (Mike Reiss, March 3, 2007, Boston Globe)

The Patriots are on the cusp of making a major free agent splash, as linebacker Adalius Thomas is scheduled to arrive at Gillette Stadium today. Assuming he passes a physical and there are no unexpected hitches, the sides are expected to finalize an agreement to make Thomas a Patriot, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. [...]

The 6-foot-2-inch, 270-pound Thomas, who has spent the first seven years of his career with the Ravens, totaled a career-high 11 sacks last season. He is a versatile, athletic defender who would likely line up at outside linebacker in the Patriots' 3-4 defense, and can rush the passer as a down lineman. Linebacker is arguably the Patriots' most pressing need, and Thomas would provide an unquestioned boost.


Patriots land their man: Snag prized LB Thomas (John Tomase, March 3, 2007, Boston Herald)
Making one of the boldest free agent strikes in franchise history, the Patriots last night agreed in principle to a contract with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas.

Terms were not immediately available, but the deal is expected to include between $15 million and $20 million of guaranteed money, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

Thomas was in town yesterday and has a physical scheduled for today. Assuming he passes, the deal could be announced by tonight.

The Patriots beat out the 49ers for the two-time Pro Bowler and jewel of the free agent class. The seven-year veteran is considered a prototypical fit for the Pats' 3-4 system after playing several positions for the Ravens.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2007 7:44 AM
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