Late For Work 4/27: A.D. Released, List of Suitors Growing

Plus Oher writes his own book, Kindle’s role and a false trade rumor.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 8:48 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

A.D. Released, List of Suitors Growing

Finally, the tumultuous relationship between former Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas and the New England Patriots has been severed, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Now that Thomas is a free man, where will he end up next? And could he return to Baltimore?

Yes, he could wind up in Baltimore, but that’s only substantiated by the fact that the Ravens are one of 31 other non-Patriots teams. Well that, and SI.com’s Peter King’s guesswork.

The list of speculative suitors has grown to nine in less than 24 hours, according to ESPN’s Rumor Central. That list includes the Browns, Ravens, Jets, Dolphins, 49ers, Broncos, Seahawks, Chiefs, and Packers.

Although the more likely destinations, at least as of now, are the Jets and Dolphins where “Slash” could reunite with one of two former defensive coordinators Rex Ryan or Mike Nolan.

Thomas arrived in New England coming off a stellar 2006 season with the Ravens in which he recorded 83 tackles and a staggering 11 sacks. Thomas was a useful piece in the Patriots’ defense, but he never produced for them the way he did for the Ravens; such production was not worth his huge salary, says Pro Football Talk.

Ravens Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison has implemented a modified defensive system from the one Thomas knew during his seven-year tenure in Baltimore. Whether he would be a good fit under Mattison’s system will be decided by Ravens brass.

Oher Writes His Own Book

Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, whose life inspired the book and movie “The Blind Side” is now telling his own story, according to the Associated Press.

Oher’s rise from poverty in Memphis, Tenn., to the fame of the NFL will be told in an autobiography entitled “I Beat The Odds,” set for a February 2011 release.

It will be an interesting look at how Oher himself describes his journey, which will likely be different from the media and Hollywood’s portrayal.

It doesn’t stop there. Oher’s adoptive parents, Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, are also writing a memoir of their own which will be released this summer.

What’s Kindle’s role?

Former Texas Longhorns linebacker Sergio Kindle wasn’t taken in the first round, but he’s still the Ravens’ first draft pick of 2010. As such, is he capable of making an immediate impact for the Ravens come September?

According to Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun, Kindle will begin as the backup to Jarret Johnson at strong-side linebacker, but if Kindle plays well enough to earn more playing time, Johnson might slide to the inside next to Ray Lewis.

Incorrect Report Flies Of Matt Birk Trade

If you’ve seen the tweet from ESPN 1500 in the Twin Cities reporting that Ravens center Matt Birk was traded to the Steelers, please disregard.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told Pro Football Talk, and several other outlets, that it’s simply not true.

Consider the rumor squashed.

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