Jets re-sign veteran Bryan Thomas

In a whirlwind start to free agency, the Jets remained relatively quiet.

In a whirlwind start to free agency, the Jets remained relatively quiet.


Their only announcement was the re-signing of linebacker Bryan Thomas to a one-year deal. Thomas, entering his 11th year in the league after being drafted by the team in 2002, has been a mainstay at linebacker for the Jets.


Terms of the deal, which was reached in principle between the two sides on Tuesday afternoon, were not announced. Thomas was set to be an unrestricted free agent but chose to extend his stay in New York for at least one more season.


“Bryan has meant a lot to this organization over his 10 seasons and we are excited he will continue his career here” general manager Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. “He is a versatile defender who is adept as a pass rusher and against the run. He understands the defense, allowing him to play a variety of roles for us.”


Thomas had a career high 77 tackles in 2006, but his numbers have declined since. He was limited to just four games last year after suffering an Achilles injury in a blowout loss at Baltimore. A team source told Metro New York that his Achilles injury is progressing well and that he should make a full recovery with no setbacks and could perhaps be ready for mini-camp in June.

With the depth at linebacker thin, the Jets will likely sign at least one more linebacker during free agency.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer to keep up-to-date with the team during free agency.

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