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Ex-Patriots LB Thomas, six others try out for Bengals

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By PFW staff

Seven veteran free agents tried out for the Bengals Wednesday, including former Patriots LB Adalius Thomas, according to a league source.

Thomas, 33, started 11 games for the Patriots last season, notching 34 tackles and three sacks. Thomas played for Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis in Baltimore from 2000-01 when Lewis was the Ravens' defensive coordinator.

S Al Afalava (ex-Bears), WR Michael Clayton (ex-Buccaneers), WR James Hardy (ex-Bills), C Nick Leckey (ex-Saints), DT Dre Moore (ex-Buccaneers) and NT Tank Tyler (ex-Panthers) were the other players trying out. Afalava started 13 games for Chicago in 2009, while Clayton started 11 for Tampa Bay last season.

The way we see it

Thomas is the most interesting name of the group. He has shown pass-rush ability during his career, and the Bengals have just six sacks in five games. Also, DE Antwan Odom said Wednesday he could miss some time because of a knee injury, the team's official website reported. Thomas can play outside linebacker and defensive end, and his versatility has been an asset throughout his career.

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