Zach Thomas to Retire With the Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have called a 4pm ET press conference, where it's expected that they will sign linebacker Zach Thomas to a one-day contract so that he may retire as a member of the franchise he'll forever be associated with.

At 5-11 and 242 pounds, Thomas was thought to be too small to make in the NFL, and as a result, was available to the Dolphins in the fifth-round of the 1996 NFL Draft. An instant starter at inside linebacker, Thomas earned All-Rookie Team honors in 1996, and in 1998, earned Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors for the first time in what would be a prolific 13-year career.

Thomas spent 12 seasons with the Dolphins, totaling well over 1,500 tackles, 19.5 quarterback sacks, and 17 interceptions while earning 7 trips to the Pro Bowl. Thomas was limited to just five games in 2007, and was released after the season.

Picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, Thomas started 16 games in 2008, totaling 94 tackles and a quarterback sack. The Cowboys did not re-sign Thomas, who spent last off-season with the Kansas City Chiefs. Thomas did not appear in a pre-season game and was released at the end of training camp.

A five-time first-team All-Pro, Thomas was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2000s in January.

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