While much of the talk about the Patriots is about the age of the linebacking core and how they need to get younger, that didn’t stop them today from reportedly offering 12-year vet Zach Thomas a contract. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter broke the story that Thomas was offered a deal by the Pats, which according to the reporter means he passed a physical when he visited New England today.
The Pats were the first team that Thomas visited after he was let go by the Dolphins last week. He stated right off the bat that he wanted to play for a winner, and put out a short list that included the Pats, Colts and Chargers on it. There was a lot of talk that Thomas was going to talk to two NFC teams – the Cowboys and Saints.
Thomas missed a large portion of last season with concussion problems. He has played in 168 career games, with 1643 tackles, 19.5 sacks and 17 interceptions. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler. What the Pats are thinking here is a mystery. They already are in need of youth at the linebacker spot, and even if it’s not going to cost them that much, going out and getting Thomas almost goes against exactly what they need to do this offseason.