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Scott calls for Thomas to roll down I-95

Posted by Albert Breer  March 2, 2010 03:08 PM

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"In 10 years, when this kind of physically versatile player is a full-blown phenomenon, people will be wondering who started the whole trend. And you'll be able to point back to this moment and say, 'Hey, I know who it was'."

It's widely assumed that once the Patriots can cut Thomas (March 5), they will. There's been no communication between the sides since season's end, but the structure of Thomas' contract (with no bonuses due in 2010) allows for New England to hold on to him through the offseason with no real penalty. Really, all the Patriots have to worry about is his $4.9 million base salary, which they surely won't pay, but doesn't start coming due until the first game check is issued.

So they have the option to hold on to him.

Meanwhile, the Jets may be held back by the Final Four Rules, but it doesn't apply to street free agents, which is what Thomas would be if he were released. That means the minute he is cut, he can hop on I-95 and head South. Which seems to be what he'll probably do.
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