Vinny Curry was the new arrival as he signed a contract in Tampa shortly after being released by the Eagles. With Curry in the fold, the Buccaneers didn’t have much need for Robert Ayers any longer and released him from the roster.
The move cleared $6 million in cap space for the Bucs and came just ahead of Ayers being due for a $1 million bonus.
Thus, it would be an expensive trade, giving up that much in compensation and a large contract. But Thomas is a six-time Pro Bowler and only 28.
Thomas, a Texas native who ed at the University of Texas, has left no doubt where he would like to. He told Cowboys coach Jason Garrett to come get me after their Christmas Eve game.
A spokesman for Rubin declined to comment. His backers included Brooklyn Nets investor and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Executive Vice Chairman Joe Tsai.
Remaining bidders include Alan Kestenbaum, chief executive officer of private equity firm Bedrock Industries LP, leading an investor group that the people said is backed by Canada’s third-richest person, billionaire Jim Pattison.
Pattison, reached by phone, said he isn’t currently backing an offer.
Time will tell if Eric Reid’s protests during the national anthem will affect his ability to find a new home. But in terms of on-field fits, Reid will find a hard time beating the one available in Chicago.