Foxborough, Ma. - The New England Patriots announced the signing of linebacker Ratcliff Thomas today. Terms of the deal were not announced.
Thomas, 28, has played in 34 career games with the Indianapolis Colts (1998-2000) and totaled 24 defensive tackles, along with an interception. He also amassed 55 career special teams tackles. He played in each of the Colts postseason games during the 1999 and 2000 campaigns and recorded two special teams tackles. The 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker led the Colts with a career-high 31 special team tackles during the 1999 season and finished second on the club with 20 in 2000. Thomas was a four-year letterman at Maryland and recorded 427 career tackles, the third-highest total in school history.