Josh Thomas, a former cornerback in American football, was born on May 3, 1989. The Dallas Cowboys selected him 143rd overall in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The University of Buffalo was where he played college football.
From 2007 through 2010, Thomas was a member of the Buffalo Bulls football team. 34 of the 47 games he played in saw him start. He recorded 205 tackles, two sacks, two recoveries from forced fumbles, five total forced fumbles, two interceptions, and 27 passes defended.
The New York Jets acquired Thomas on October 13, 2014. After the team placed CB Dee Milliner on the injured reserve list, he offered depth. Thomas was released on December 16, days after his car was broken into and, by his estimate, nearly $12,000 worth of items were stolen.
According to Thomas, the Jets told him that part of the reason that he was released was that he did not “engage” enough with his teammates. The day after his release from the Jets, Thomas was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions on December 17, 2014.
In his brief stint with the Lions, Thomas earned $75,882 while appearing in only one game and failing to record any statistics. The Minnesota Vikings signed Thomas on July 24, 2015, following the news that cornerback Jabari Price would be suspended for two games to start the season.
He was released on September 5. On September 22, 2015, he was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts. He was cut on December 8. On December 30, 2015, because of injuries to cornerback Morris Claiborne and safety Barry Church, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to play in the last game of the season against the Washington Redskins.
On August 29, 2016, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a left thumb injury he suffered in the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. On November 22, the Cowboys moved Thomas to the Non-Football Injury list. He was not re-signed in 2017.
Joshua Thomas signed a 1 year, $760,000 contract with the Dallas Cowboys, including an average annual salary of $760,000. Contract Notes: Split Salary: $428,000.