Will it hurt us or help us? We must remember that he is injury prone, so that is why I'm not excited about the move to sign this guy. Head, neck and shoulder injuries have slowed Thomas down over the last three seasons. Let's not forget that he is a 12 year veteran, so that means he has alot of miles on those legs. I know that he led his team in tackles for 10 straight seasons and he is a 7-time Pro-Bowler, but I wonder was this move made just because he is a Texas product!?
Let's see Dallas starter at Linebacker Demarcus Ware, (with 4.5 speed)the Troy State product is having an awesome beginning to what is going to be a MARVALOUS career! Last season stats 60 tkls, 14 sks, and 4 FF, plus another bid to the Pro-Bowl. He is a sideline to sideline player and would have more tackles if they didn't have to use him to blitz the quarterback all the time, not to mention that he has been health in every game for the Cowboys since he was drafted. the only other player worth talking about out of that draft is the Chargers, Shawn Merriman who went after Ware. The other outside spot belongs to last years Pro-Bowler Greg Ellis (13.5 sks in 13 games), which I think is a wise move for now; until Anthony Spencer develops a little more. When Spencer get his shot he is going to be another outside force along with Ware. I honestly think that this will be the year for the kid from Purdue who also posted a 4.5 or 4.6 40, time in the combine last year. One thing you must remember is all three of these guys are naturally Defensive Ends. Spencer (3 sks - 1FF) filled in well for Ellis at the beginning of last season when he was still rehabing from the ankle and foot injury he suffer the season before.
The Inside Linebackers Bradie James and Akin Ayodele, what can you say about these two Hellraisers. They mesh, play well together and Bradie James is really showing some signs of brilliance. One of the Sleepers in the draft in 2003 he has turned out to be a real solid player at linebacker. He capitalized on his opportunity to showcase his abilities in the 3-4 scheme and grabbed the starting job in 2005 and hasn't looked back. If anyone loses his job; I can see it being Ayodele, because since he left Jacksonville he production has gone down. His numbers have dropped significantly, but he stays healthy and that is key. The Cowboys still have that youngster from Ohio State, by the name of Bobby Carpenter on the team. Right now they have groomed him to be the playmaker on Special Teams, really though he was drafted with the 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft so you know his time is coming.
So why sign did they sign Zach Thomas? Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that it was mainly for depth and the fact that he is from Texas. Honestly I think that was a bonehead move because you have some good free-agents out there like Lance Briggs, Rosevelt Colvin, Clark Haggans, Jeremiah Trotter and so on. Like I said I am a Diehard Cowboys fan and I don't see how this move has set them up for success.