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Jets bring back Bryan Thomas

Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas takes a break during

Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas takes a break during the first day of training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 2, 2010) Photo Credit: Pat Orr Photography

Bryan Thomas' reign as the Jets' longest-tenured player will continue.

The Jets agreed to terms with the veteran linebacker Tuesday just after the start of free agency began at 4 p.m. A source said it's a one-year deal.

An unrestricted free agent, Thomas is recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in the Jets' Oct. 3 loss to the Ravens in Baltimore. Thomas, who's spent his entire 10-year career with the Jets, does a lot of the grunt work that often goes unnoticed.

The 6-4, 265-pounder registered 14 combined tackles and one pass defensed through his three-plus games before going down on the Ravens' second offensive possession.

As for potential "splashy" moves now that free agency has commenced, don't look for the Jets to make a whole lot of noise. Even though they have somewhere in the neighborhood of $14 million in cap space, they have to make sure they have enough room left to shore up the depth that was lacking in some areas this past season.

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