Deep down, Thomas of course knew it wasn’t permanent and he knew he would be back. His locker was never emptied and the nameplate still read “Thomas” on Monday afternoon, showing that the intent of the Jets all along was to bring the veteran back onto the 53-man roster. On Monday, Thomas told the media he was “Pissed” when the Jets originally cut him, even as he understand that it was a move based on the need to temporarily open a roster spot and not an indictment on him.
But truth be told, Thomas never envisioned signing for any other team while he was a free agent for about 48 hours.
“It would have been hard; I’ve been a Jet for 11 years - wouldn’t want to play for anybody else – no other organization. I love this organization,” Thomas said. “Drafted as a 21 year old kid out of [Alabama-Birmingham]. This is where I wanted to be, where I wanted to stay. I wanted to retire as a Jet.”
He missed the past two games with a hamstring injury but said that he will be back this Sunday for a marquee match-up with the 49’ers. In doing so, he is putting away the pain and hurt from being temporarily divorced from the only team he’s ever known in the NFL.
For Thomas, he didn’t take to the trial separation.
“You have to look at it as a business, I’m an adult. I have to go with it, move on and now get ready for San Francisco,” Thomas said. “Getting back healthy, getting back on the field. Getting ready for San Francisco. That’s all.”
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