Thomas is a former Dolphins sixth-round draft pick.
Thomas played collegiately at Connecticut, where he earned a scholarship and made All-Big East Conference after walking on.
Knocks on Thomas from the 2008 scouting reports were questions about his motivation and concerns over off-the-field issues. Thomas played at UConn along with current Colts runningback Donald Brown. At 6'4, 294 pounds, Thomas is a bit on the small side, especially since the Colts have supposedly moved to bigger guards in an effort to improve their run blocking.
Meanwhile, the 'small' guy Bill Polian cut for seemingly no reason this past March, Ryan Lilja, is having a Pro Bowl year for his new team: The Kansas city Chiefs. The Chiefs currently sport the #1 rushing offense in football, averaging 179 yards a game. Lilja is 6'2, 290 and is considering by many to be one of the best interior guards in football. While the Colts running game has improved somewhat this season, guards Jamey Richard and Mike Pollak continue to under perform. Richard lost his starting job to Kyle DeVan three weeks ago, and the only reason Pollak is still playing is because no one else on the roster seems worth a damn.
Cutting Ryan Lilja might have been one of the more boneheaded moves Polian has made while president of the Colts. I still have no idea why the move was made, but clearly it was a mistake.