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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Zach Thomas to the Dallas Cowboys

Zach Thomas is going back to his home state of Texas as The Herald's David J. Neal, who is at the Indianapolis Combine, is reporting the former Dolphins linebacker is signing with the Dallas Cowboys.

Thomas has agreed to a one-year deal worth $3 million, including bonus, base salary and incentives. At that price it is clear the Cowboys expect Thomas to be a starter.

"It's a dream come true for a man from Pampa, Tex. and Texas Tech University," agent Drew Rosenhaus told Neal.

The Cowboys are the most recent team to meet with Thomas. He also had contract offers on the table from the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints.

The reason Thomas is headed to Dallas is the Cowboys came with the best combination of solid contract offer plus the opportunity to make it to the Super Bowl. The Patriots, frankly, didn't offer a competitive deal to Thomas while New Orleans was in the ballpark, but its chances of competing for a Super Bowl are more uncertain.

Thomas, 35 in September, had his contract terminated by the Dolphins nine days ago after he played 12 seasons here. He had been scheduled to make $5.65 million in the final year of his Miami contract.


Anonymous finheavenblows! said...

Wow, I was still getting used to the idea of not having the guy but to read that he is actually the property of some other team now cuts right to the heart.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck Zach. Glad he's going to the NFC. Makes it easier to digest he won't be in N.E.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news. Good luck Zach. We will all be pulling for you.

12:47 PM  
Anonymous PhinfanVA said...

yea it hurts even more now...but its kind of ironic isnt it? I mean look at all the coaches and front office people we snatched from Dallas...Now they took the heart of our defense...Good luck Zach...Thank got he is not a Pansy....But hey, maybe it was actually a trade, you know all the coaches we got for Thomas? LOL...sorry had to throw that out there...

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Trenton said...


12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No lose situation for Jerry Jones. For $3 million he has a chance to stick one to the Tuna if Zach can come back.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous PhinfanVA said...

From other reports its actually on a 1 million base salary, 1 mil. signing bonus and 1 mil in incentives...

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Earl said...

Go Cowboys!!! Thank god it wasn't the patsies!!!

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats to Zach...he gets to go "home".

Isn't it wild how much we've swapped and traded with the Cowboys lately? Jason Garrett? Hudson Houk? All our coahches, and possibly F. Adams here...



1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That 3 million is in 3 parts. We could have cut him and signed him back for that. But I'm glad he gets a chance to go home.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Luck Zach and thank you for not choosing the patsies...

Seems fair that the Cowboys get a piece of the Dolphins considering everything we have taken from them...

Whilst it will be a miracle if the dolphins get anywhere near the playoffs, the Cowboys look set and will be my "second team" for the Super Bowl.

Hope you get that ring Zach...

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as it wasn't the Pats.NFC is a bonus,I will be able to cheer him on full force. Can only wish him the best for all he's done.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Good for Zach!!!! What a great player for us over the years. I wish him all the success in the world. I am just so happy that he blew off the Patriots.. I will root for him every week... Thanks for the memories Zach. You were a reason to watch each and every week...

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Always the Phins #1, but now I have a #2. Do it Zach!

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is David J. Neal?

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life is not a fairy tale. The boys are paying back the fins for a few recent events. Great for Zach. Wish him all the best.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Praise Jesus, it wasn't the Patriots...Good luck Zach, I hope you get that ring you deserve and can't wait to see you and JT get inducted into the ring of honor at Dolphin Satdium

4:20 PM  
Blogger Donkey Kong said...

ZT is a true dolphin thru and thru. I thank him for singing with the enemy. One of my ex fav players 55 Jr. Gayyah can learn a thing or two from zach about loyalty. I hope ZT gets his ring.

The best things about the end of 2008 season for real dolphin fans:

1. We cleaned house of former losers
a)Mike Mularkey - buffalo "Mularkey led the team to a 5–11 finish and a sixth consecutive year out of the playoffs - the longest such active streak in the AFC"

b)Randy Muller -
2005 New Orleans Saints
Record: 3-13-0, Finished 4th in NFC South Division
NFL Season Summary:
Scored 235 points (14.7/g), 31st of 32 in the NFL.
Allowed 398 points (24.9/g), 28th.
Differential of -163 points(-10.2/g), 30th.
Takeaway/Giveaway Differential -24 (-1.5/g), 31st.
(oh yeah and he gave the Dolphins Ricky Williams "Williams was traded after 3 seasons to the Miami Dolphins on March 8, 2002 for two first-round picks. In his first season with the Dolphins, he was the NFL's leading rusher and a Pro Bowler with 1,853 yards."

c)Can Cameron- "Cameron returned to his alma mater to serve as the head coach for Indiana University in 1996, a position he held through 2001 where he won less than one-third of his games with a record of 18-37."

d)Dom Capers - Caper eventually taking control of personnel matters in 1997, the Panthers went 7-9, followed by a dismal 4-12 season in 1998, at the end of which he was terminated.

The Texans announced in 2005 following their dismal record of 2-14 (worst in NFL) that Capers would be fired January 2, 2006.
(In less than 30 days he became a Dolphin)

e)2007 Miami Dolphins Coaching Staff
* March 5 - Traded wide receiver Wes Welker to the New England Patriots in exchange for second- and seventh-round picks in the 2007 NFL Draft.[44]
* April 3 - Traded placekicker Olindo Mare to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.[79]
* June 6 - Traded a conditional fifth-round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for quarterback Trent Green.[80]
* October 16 - Traded wide receiver Chris Chambers to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for second round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft

2) Super Bowl XLII Sam Madison gets a ring

3)Trent Green- On October 20, 2007, the Dolphins announced that Green will be placed on injured reserve and Cleo Lemon will be the starting quarterback. Following the season, Green became one of nine players released by the Dolphins on February 11, 2008.

4) Due to lingering injuries, Toledo was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list on July 23. On February 11, 2008, Toledo was one of nine players released by the Dolphins.

5)Stephen M. Ross is a New York City-based real estate developer and is founder, chairman and CEO of The Related Companies, L.P. (TRC). He owns 50% of the Miami Dolphins NFL football franchise, and half of Dolphin Stadium, as of February 22, 2008. [1] ( At least hes a FAN)

6) Oh yeah JR SEAU doest get a ring after selling out. "Miami Dolphins. Seau retired from football in 2006, four days before signing a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. He officially re-signed with New England on May 21, 2007."
18 and ahhhhhhaaaaaa

As for the Super Bowl XLII I would like to say Congrats To Sam Madison you deserve it. now its time for zach and JT to get rings.

In Perfect Season
Dallas vs Mia in Super Bowl XLIII

oh and jr seau still no ring 2011

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Aphinsfan said...

At least in wasnt the AFC East...good for u Zach..good luck chasing that ring..we will be chasing the same one in South Florida!!!

4:54 PM  
Blogger Chris Nelson said...

No way Zach starts full time.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Armando. Two posts in a row where all you had to do was read your own newspaper. Great reporter you are, absent on the sale story, absent on Zach Thomas. Hopefully, you are busy taking care of your own physical fitness, I saw you out one evening a couple weeks ago and it looks like you're tipping the scales around 250. Armando, I'm a doctor, carrying around that kind of weight is bad for your heart, your blood pressure, and various other internal organs. Not covering the team on a daily basis, however, lessens your stress load so in a way that is a positive. But do yourself a favor, cut back on red meat, white carbohydrates and sweets. Alcohol, too, if you can avoid it. Exercise more, tennis or swimming would be good for someone of your age. Don't be afraid to try some resistance training, too, as muscle burns calories even when you're idle at your laptop blogging away. If you're married, relations are also an excellent way to burn excess calories. Also try spreading out your meals throughout the day in such a way where you are eating 5-6 small meals, instead of the huge lunch or dinner. Aim your starches earlier in the day so you can burn them. Listen, I know it's hard, but the belly fat especially is detrimental to overall health. For a man of your height, you should shoot for a waistsize of between 33 and 36. You looked to be around 42-44. Anyway, good luck and keep up the blog, but try doing some more reporting. You're not even at the scouting combine! Darlington is there. Take care.

G. Restrepo III
Coral Gables

6:55 PM  
Blogger Eric & Kim said...

G. Restrepo III

You wasted all that time posting that and it wasn't even funny. What a shame.

Get a life.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thot it was :)

9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Zach Thomas for a phenomenal career in Miami - you always gave your best. And, yes, thank you for not going to the Pats. NYJEff

12:22 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Good luck Zach. Thanks for all the years of hard work and outstanding play. Special thanks for not going to the Cheatriots!

12:56 AM  
Anonymous No Class Zack'd said...

Everyone here is all about how Zach is great and a class act.
If a boxer takes a dive is he classy?

I'm a lifelong Dolphin fan and I feel Trent Green has more heart than Zach Thomas.

Zach took a bump on the head and rolled over and played dead for the remainder of the year. Headaches??? My aching a55...

If he really wanted to be on the feild, nobody would have known his wittle head huwt....

1:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you truly are an idiot. you don't mess with head injuries. maybe he could have toughed some games out, but he might not be playing this year because of it. also don't forget that Zach was pissed when they put him on IR. dumb ass.


8:14 AM  
Anonymous nick saban said...

Losing Zach Thomas is a catastrophic event for the dolphins. But the team will rebound as America did after Pearl Harbour and 9/11...

9:09 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Good luck Zach we'll miss you! Thankyou for all your hard work and thanyou too, for not being a Patriot! I would have to have quit watching football if that would have happened!!

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all you cheatin Pats fans that tried to say ZT was on the way to your team.... HA HA... If the PATS get to the SB next year, ZT and the cowboys will be there to take it away just like Sammy and the Giants did. Phins fans remember this recent direct quote from ZT..." I am healthy and look forward to playing in 2008, but will always consider myself a Miami Dolphin.” Take your offer and shove it Billicheat and all you chowda heads!

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Taylor Eats Brady said...

Thank GAWD Zach is NOT a Patsy. That would have torn my heart out. While I think we could have held on to him one more year, I am glad he will have a legitimate chance at a title in Dallas.

Best linebacker in team history, and maybe the best defender. He will help Dallas, bet he plays at least two more seasons.

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Zach but that was a bad move. He signed with a team that is spiraling down. Now that Parcells is gone and has taken most, if not all, of their talented coaches the Cowboys will be lucky if they make it to the playoffs. Phillips is not head coaching material. He is a puppet in which Jones pulls the strings. As great as Zach was he will retire without having gone to a Super Bowl.

Too bad Zach...

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No Class Zach" do even really know how football operations are run now days? ZT wasn't even allowed to go on the field if he wanted to. The decision on head injuries are completely taken out of the player and teams hands. The DR's make that decision. You really are an idiot for questioning someone not playin with a head injury. With all the new found horrific effects of the concussions, teams would be foolish to take the liabilty of placing a player on the field with the reoccuring sypmtoms ZT was having. This is a new era in medical reporting and head injuries.

I bet you don't even get out of bed for 3 days if your throat is soar. Strap on a helmet and pads, then question someone's heart, you jackass! As a matter of fact, go cheer for the WNBA, and leave this blog forever you idiot!

Johnny Jets Hater

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear G. Restrepo I saw you out a couple of weeks ago with those teenage boys in g-strings and I have some advice for you: Stay away from their poop shoot as STDs are everywhere these days and you seem like you're succumbing. Those lesions on your face are a dead give away. Also it's bad if you're married and your little woman doesn't know about your secret life in airport men's rooms and male massage parlors.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear above anonymous poster, I am sorry to have to tell you, I have a very successful practice in Coral Gables and I am happily married to a very terrific, attractive woman. I do admit she is a few years my junior, but we all must make sacrifices for the ones we love. My post was reaching out to Armando, because truly his health is an issue. He needs to control his stress, his diet, and the binge eating he seemed to be partaking in that night I saw him out. As for you, Mr. Anonymous, I wish you good health, there's nothing worse in the life than not having your health. We can disagree on this blog and it is all fun, but at the end of the day all you really have is your health and the loved ones closest to you. I forgive your misinformed post, you know not of what you speak, and you are genuinely not in tune with the way the world works and the priorities people should have. Again, Armando, take care of your health, and God bless, I know you are religious.

G. Restrepo III
Coral Gables

3:46 PM  
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