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Saints tender Z. Thomas contract


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Saints tender Thomas contract

Veteran LB also in negotiations with Pats

Friday, February 22, 2008

By Jimmy Smith


The Saints have offered free-agent middle linebacker Zach Thomas a contract, league sources confirmed Thursday night.


Thomas, cut last week by the Miami Dolphins, visited the Saints on Wednesday, two days after he visited the New England Patriots, where he also was offered a contract.


Thomas' agent Drew Rosenhaus, who told The Miami Herald about the Patriots' contract offer, did not return phone calls Thursday night, nor did Saints Coach Sean Payton.


A 12-year veteran, Thomas is the Dolphins' all-time leading tackler. He missed all but five games for Miami last year with a concussion and post-concussion migraines.


Thomas, 34, indicated he would like to play for a contending NFL team, one "that makes sense for me," he told The Miami Herald.


Rosenhaus said earlier in the week that he would continue negotiations with the Patriots.


The Saints obviously are intent on upgrading their linebacking corp. On Tuesday, former Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan, also a Rosenhaus client, visited New Orleans.


Thomas also was scheduled to visit with the Dallas Cowboys later this week.


The Saints signed middle linebacker Brian Simmons last year during the free-agency period, but he could not take away the starting job from Mark Simoneau. Simoneau is an unrestricted free agent this year.


Teams can sign free agents beginning next Friday.

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Per Rotoworld

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports the Saints have emerged as the favorites to sign free agent LB Zach Thomas.

It's the best fit for Thomas in terms of playing time and most likely from a financial standpoint. He'll meet with the Cowboys Friday at the Combine. Feb. 22 - 11:35 am et

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If he can stay on the field.



Yeah, last year was a debacle for everyone in Miami. Previously, his record of games played is pretty strong. Its a reasonable risk so long as they aren't expecting anything too crazy. 2-3 years , not 6-7 ya know?

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If he can stay on the field.

Before last year he averaged 15 games a year, so it's not as iff he's always breaking down. He's still one of the best against the run, which is something the Saints need badly, that paired with the work ethic and leadership he brings, I think it would be a boon to the Saints D.

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