The Houston Texans will be added to the list of suitors for former Miami Dolphins MLB Zach Thomas. The Texans aren’t exactly in position to add another MLB, but they do love to play to their depth on defense. The Texans run a 4-3 Defense anchored by Pro Bowl MLB DeMeco Ryans, who has played excellent for the Texans since they drafted him in 2006. Thomas, who has had a recent history of migraine problems, could fit in as a back-up in case Ryans goes down in 2008. Plus, there is no assurance to whether FA ROLB/MLB Danny Clark will be signed by the Texans or let go into the FA. Knowing Thomas’ history of injuries, he’ll be facing some decisions to where he wants to go.
Other teams desiring Thomas’ services are the New England Patriots, the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. The Patriots, who may loose Junior Seau to FA or retirement, offered Thomas a contract, but there are several other teams wanting Thomas to visit them. The Cowboys run a 3-4 with starters Akin Ayodele and Bradie James. Backup MLB Bobby Carpenter could be on his way out, making room for Ayodele or James to take a back seat to Thomas’ services.
The Buffalo Bills have utilized John DiGiorgio, Angelo Crowell and Paul Posluszny throughout their injuries, and Zach Thomas might find it hard to fit in between these linebackers at his age against their youth. For Denver’s 4-3 defense, MLB DJ Williams struggles cleared up into the later part of the season as he finished second on the team with tackles. The New York Jets run a 3-4 Defense anchored by MLBs Jonathon Vilma and Eric Barton, but Vilma’s horrendous knee injury might keep him in question while the up and rising David Harris seems worthy of the starting position. Thomas will definitely have his options, but hopefully he’ll be honest on his health and abilities to play in the future for any team.