When the Pittsburgh Steelers released safety Robert Golden at the start of NFL Free Agency, they would have to replace a special team player who once held the title of captain for the team.
This is a position the Steelers have clearly targeted, especially after hosting former Patriots Pro Bowl special teamer William Slater over the weekend, and now reportedly hosting former Miami Dolphins special team ace Michael Thomas.
.@Michael31Thomas is visiting the Pittsburgh Steelers today.— Alain Poupart (@apoupartFins) March 19, 2018
Thomas went undrafted in 2012, and was signed by the San Francisco 49ers out of Stanford, but failed to make the roster. He was signed by the Dolphins, and since 2013, he has spent the rest of his career in Miami as a defensive back and special teams player.
A brief description of Thomas’ time in South Beach:
In 2014, Thomas played in eight games with two starts before suffered a torn pectoral in Week 9. He was placed on injured reserve on November 3, 2014.
Thomas became a starter for the Dolphins in 2015, starting 13 games at free safety.
In 2016, Thomas played in all 16 games with eight starts recording 58 tackles, one sack, one pass defended, and two forced fumbles. On April 17, 2017, Thomas signed his restricted free agent tender with the Dolphins.
In 2017, Thomas played in 13 games with two starts before being placed on injured reserve on December 29, 2017 with a knee injury.
Thomas is a free safety by trade, and also plays special teams, something the team has needed since letting Golden go. While not a huge name, Thomas could be a very nice addition to the Steelers moving forward into 2018, providing great depth and experience at a position of need.
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