Thomas was released by Miami on Saturday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Thomas had a solid camp but in the end he offers very little upside as far as a running back is concerned and doesn't play special teams. The Dolphins chose to go with several backs who are younger, more versatile, and offer higher upside.
Thomas rushed for 30 yards on seven carries as the Dolphins were crushed by Dallas, 41-14, on Friday.
Thomas is battling for a roster spot with several other backs on the Miami roster. Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, and Kenyan Drake (hamstring) are guaranteed spots, which would seem to leave either Thomas or Isaiah Pead fighting for one spot should Miami only keep four running backs after the final cut.
Thomas gained 40 yards on 10 carries and totaled seven yards on two receptions in Friday's 27-10 preseason victory over the Giants.
The veteran tailback made a solid return to the team he spent 2011-2014 with, likely benefiting from fresh legs after not having played in the NFL in 2015. Thomas remains a long shot to make the final roster given the ample competition at the running back position, but Friday's effort certainly served as a point in his favor.
The Dolphins and Thomas (knee) agreed to a contract Thursday, Rand Getlin of NFL Network reports.
After dabbling in but ultimately losing out on C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson, the Dolphins are following a cheap path to production out of the backfield with the additions of Thomas and Isaiah Pead on Thursday. Thomas himself remained unemployed last season following his release from the Bears near the tail end of the preseason slate. In four previous campaigns with the Dolphins, he didn't exactly turn heads, averaging 3.6 YPC, hauling in 55 passes, and scoring 13 touchdowns in 52 games. If he's still with the team out of training camp, he'll more than likely play second fiddle, at best, to sophomore RB Jay Ajayi.
The Bears signed running back Daniel Thomas and safety Sherrod Martin on Thursday, the team announced.
Thomas rushed for 168 yards on 44 attempts last season for the Dolphins, while Martin picked off one pass in 13 games for the Jaguars last season.
Two veteran free agent running backs will work out for the Lions on Tuesday, per a report from NFL.com.
Ben Tate, who has rushed for 2,325 yards in five years with three teams, will fly to Detroit for a tryout, sources say. The 26-year-old Tate played for Minnesota and Cleveland last year.
Daniel Thomas, the 27-year-old running back, will also work out for the Lions. Thomas has played all four years of his career with Miami, rushing for 1,480 yards.
The Cowboys are in the market for another running back with Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle as their top three guys at the moment.
Therefore, Dallas could be looking to add another. According to The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post's Aaron Wilson, the Cowboys worked out running back Daniel Thomas on Thursday.
Thomas was with the Dolphins the previous four years and totaled 1,480 career yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground. The Cowboys also worked out Ben Tate and Felix Jones.
The Patriots have shown interest in former Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas, reports the Providence Journal.
Thomas worked out for New England when he was waived mid-season by the Dolphins. Due to injuries, Miami lacked running back depth and soon brought Thomas back for the remainder of the year. He rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 44 carries last season.
The Dolphins enter Week 17 against the Jets relatively healthy, with only three players listed as questionable and nine players listed as probable.
Linebacker Jelani Jenkins (foot), defensive end Derrick Shelby (ankle) and tackle Dallas Thomas (foot) were labeled as questionable. Tight end Charles Clay (hamstring, knee), cornerback Cortland Finnegan (ankle, knee), linebacker Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), safety Don Jones (shoulder), linebacker Koa Misi (hamstring, knee), defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (back), defensive tackle Jared Odrick (ankle), running back Daniel Thomas (knee) and wide receiver Mike Wallace (back) were all deemed probable.
The Dolphins listed the following players as inactive for Sunday’s game against the Vikings: Rishard Matthews, Daniel Thomas, Don Jones, Chris McCain, Dallas Thomas, Nate Garner and Matt Hazel.
Tight end Charles Clay (hamstring) was listed as probable and is active. Linebacker Jelani Jenkins (foot) and cornerback Jamar Taylor (shoulder) were listed as questionable, but are active.
The Dolphins are 4 1/2-point favorites.
The Dolphins released their final injury report for the Week 16 matchup against the Vikings and tight end Charles Clay (hamstring) is listed as probable.
The Dolphins listed Jelani Jenkins (foot), Don Jones (shoulder) and Jamar Taylor (shoulder) as questionable.
The Dolphins deemed offensive lineman Nate Garner (illness) out. Dallas Thomas (foot) and Daniel Thomas (knee) are listed as doubtful.
The following players are listed as probable: Koa Misi ,Chris McCain, Cortland Finnegan, Jonathan Freeny and Jordie Tripp.
The Dolphins are 6 1/2-point favorites.
The Dolphins got several offensive contributions in their Week 13 win over the Jets. Among them, wideout Brandon Gibson caught two passes for 17 yards, while running back Daniel Thomas had a 5-yard carry and a 3-yard reception.
They'll play the Ravens in Week 14.
Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas received five carries Thursday against the Bills.
Thomas performed well in a limited role, gaining 23 yards on the day. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Thomas did not factor into the passing game, and did not receive a target. He'll take on the Broncos Week 12.
Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas had some ball security issues during Sunday's game against the Lions in Week 10. Thomas coughed up the ball on the opening drive of the second half and was unable to recover the fumble. He finished the game with five carries for 14 yards in a 20-16 defeat.
With Lamar Miller dealing with a shoulder injury, the Dolphins got little out of their running game in a 20-16 loss to the Lions in Week 10.
Miller, the team's usual No. 1 back, was able to carry the ball just four times, while adding just one reception for -4 yards. With Miller limited, the Dolphins turned to Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas , and didn't really get much out of either. Thomas finished with just 14 yards on five carries with a fumble, and barely looks like a competent fill-in for Miller.
Williams was a bit more impressive, rushing for 34 yards to lead the team on seven carries, while adding three receptions for 27 yards. With just a few days off before the team's next game against the Bills in Week 11 Thursday, Williams might be the top option again if Miller can't get to 100-percent.
If Miller's injury lingers but not enough to keep him out of action, the team might go with a split yet again this Thursday. However, the Bills are allowing the third-fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, so it might be another long day for the Dolphins running backs in Week 11.
Although Dolphins running back Lamar Miller is considered day to day with an AC joint sprain, there is a good chance he will play Week 10 against the Lions, according to the Miami Herald.
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor provided no insight Monday about Miller's availability for Sunday's game, but he didn't seem overly concerned about the team being without Miller. If Miller is sidelined, Daniel Thomas or Damien Williams will start at running back.
"If Lamar needs [rest] and he comes out, very infrequently do I start calling the game differently," Lazor said. "Sometimes if it is long-term, we would have to think about it and consider what they do best because I think that’s what the smart thing is -- to do what guys do best. For the most part, we don’t have a million different runs. For the most part, they all have been working out all the runs that we do well. I think we’ll be able to trust all of them."
Miller has started every game this season for the Dolphins. He is the team's leading rusher with 518 yards. He is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and has six touchdowns (five rushing) through eight games.
Dolphins running backs Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas combined for 20 carries in a comfortable win over the Chargers in Week 9.
With the game well in hand and Lamar Miller (shoulder) injured in the second half, the Dolphins focused more on the ground game. Williams led the way with 28 yards on 11 carries and two catches for 23 yards. Thomas took eight handoffs for 9 yards and caught all two of his targets for 14 yards in a 37-0 victory.
If Miller is unable to play next week, the team will likely use Williams and Thomas for the majority of the carries against Detroit.
Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor told reporters on Monday that he liked what he saw from running back Daniel Thomas in Week 7 and indicated that he could be the clear cut backup to Lamar Miller moving forward, per the Palm Beach Post.
Although the team listed Damien Williams No. 2 on last week's depth chart, Thomas rushed for 25 yards on seven attempts. Williams only had one carry in a win over Chicago on Sunday.
With Knowshon Moreno out for the season, Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas worked behind Lamar Miller in a Week 7 victory over the Bears at Soldier Field. Thomas racked up 50 yards of total offense, rushing for 25 yards on seven attempts and catching all three of his targets for 25 yards in a 27-14 victory.
Miami will face Jacksonville in Week 8.
The following players on the injury report were officially ruled active for the Dolphins Week 6 against the Packers: Brandon Gibson, Daniel Thomas, Deandre Coleman, Shelley Smith, Jason Fox, Billy Turner and Gator Hoskins.