Beyond the outside guidance, two important points caused Thomas to keep going this year. Most important, he feels healthier now than he did when he left Miami. But he still had one more requirement when deciding to sign with the Chiefs: He needed to return to his proper position.
Thomas' decision to opt out of his contract in Dallas after last season had more to do with his role on the field than the drama that surely turned him off in the locker room. Because Bradie James filled the role Thomas played in Miami for 12 years, he was forced into a less comfortable position that limited his playing time.
Although he limited his choices of potential destinations by doing so, Thomas advised his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, that he only wanted to play for a team that would allow him to play in his natural role inside. The Chiefs agreed. And Thomas signed.
Well, that says a lot about how often and in what role he'll be used. I think the mentor role will be there, but it sounds like he wanted to play a lot more than people (including myself) anticipated this upcoming season. We'll see.
...It's fine because he knows his real home these days has nothing to do with a city. It has to do with a position: middle linebacker. That's where he belongs.
And it sounds like he's going to play a lot.
``And you know what? I might be one step slower, but I'm still two steps faster than most of the guys I play against.''
BOO-YAH!!! That's a nice little slam at the kids playing.