Turns out Dontarrious Thomas’ stay in the Bay Area was a brief one.
As posted in the comments section of the previous blog, the former Vikings linebacker was cut by San Francisco after the 49ers signed linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Brooks was released by Cincinnati on Saturday.
Thomas was a second-round pick by the Vikings out of Auburn in 2004 and spent his first four seasons with the organization. It will be interesting to see if the Vikings have any interest in him. There are two reasons Minnesota might consider Thomas.
The first is that he was a special teams contributor and with linebacker Heath Farwell out for the season the Vikings could be looking for help in this area. The other is that Thomas was considered the top backup at all three linebacker spots the past two seasons and right now it’s unclear if there is one top backup.
For instance, weak-side linebacker Ben Leber spent time in training camp working as the middle linebacker in the nickel defense.
The Vikings consider the linebacker positions somewhat interchangeable so if a player knows one position he can play all three provided he has the athletic ability to do so. Thomas has that ability. He also is very familiar with the Minnesota defense so stepping in during Week 1 would be a non-issue.
Update: ESPN is reporting that Brooks Bollinger, who was released by the Vikings on Saturday, probably will be added by the Cowboys after their season opener. If the Cowboys signed Bollinger now, his salary for this season would be guaranteed.