April 17 (UPI) — Restricted free agent safety Michael Thomas earned interest from several teams this offseason, but he is headed back to the Miami Dolphins.
The fifth-year defender agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million tender Monday. Thomas was a captain last season and signed the original round tender before taking part in the Dolphins’ opening session of OTAs.
In 2016, Thomas played free safety, nickel cornerback and special teams. The 26-year-old had 58 tackles, two forced fumbles and a sack in eight games. His 19 special teams tackles tied for second-most in the NFL.
The Miami Herald reported that Thomas was offered a three-year deal elsewhere, but decided to stay in Miami. Reshad Jones, Nate Allen and T.J. McDonald join the Stanford product on the depth chart as the Dolphins’ safeties for 2017.
Thomas is expected to compete with Allen and McDonald for free safety duties, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Pro Football Focus selected Thomas as an All-Pro defender in 2014 and 2015.