The New York Jets have released linebacker Bryan Thomas and have signed cornerback Donnie Fletcher from the practice squad. The announcements were made by general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Thomas (6'4", 265) joined the Jets as a first-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. In his career, he has played in 146 games (94 starts), registering 439 tackles, 31 sacks, seven forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He has appeared in 11 playoff games (nine starts), ranking second in franchise history.
Drafted as a defensive end from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Thomas moved to outside linebacker in 2006 when the Jets switched to the 3-4. He started all 16 games that season, registering a career-best 8.5 sacks and 77 tackles. Since 2006, Thomas has logged 24.5 of his 31 sacks, leading the team in 2006 and 2010.
Fletcher (6'1", 195) signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent May 4. He was signed to the Jets practice squad one day after he was waived by the Jets following training camp on Aug. 31.