Not even the excitement of the Super Bowl can make the Adalius Thomas saga go away.
According to The Boston Herald, after arriving at Radio Row on Thursday, Thomas resumed his criticism of Bill Belichick and the Patriots on the “Felger and Massarotti Show” on 98.5 FM The Sports Hub.
The 32-year-old linebacker indicated that his rift with the head coach goes back to the Pats’ nail-biting win over the Buffalo Bills in the season opener. Thomas had five tackles and a sack in that game, but Belichick was apparently unhappy with his effort.
“It was the play of the Buffalo game, whether or not it was sufficient,” Thomas said on the show, adding that he knew “it was bigger than what was on the surface.”
Over the rest of the season, Thomas earned exactly as many benchings as sacks (2), finishing the “roller- coaster” campaign with just 34 tackles. For a guy who signed a five-year, $35 million deal prior to the 2007 season to become the highest-paid free agent in Patriots history, the performance was decidedly underwhelming.
And because he’s due $4.9 million in 2010, Thomas is a virtual lock to be cut. But wherever he goes, he’s clearly not willing to go quietly.
“I want to come somewhere where I’m wanted, where I’m going to have fun,” Thomas said.
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