This is a 2022 photo of Michael J. Thomas of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL football team. This image reflects the Cincinnati Bengals active roster as of Monday, May 23, 2022 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

Michael Thomas



Experience: 10 years

Height: 5-11

Age: 33

Weight: 192 lbs

College: Stanford



  • Solo
  • SCK
  • FF
  • INT

Recent Games

1SteelersL 20 - 23
2@CowboysL 17 - 20
3@JetsW 27 - 1210110000
4DolphinsW 27 - 15
5@RavensL 17 - 19
6@SaintsW 30 - 2610110000
7FalconsW 35 - 17
8@BrownsL 13 - 3201100000
9PanthersW 42 - 2112310000
11@SteelersW 37 - 30
12@TitansW 20 - 1612300000
13ChiefsW 27 - 2401100000
14BrownsW 23 - 10
15@BuccaneersW 34 - 23
16@PatriotsW 22 - 1811210000
18RavensW 27 - 16

Career Stats

Defense Career

2013Miami Dolphins303033002100000
2014Miami Dolphins8215318140000
2015Miami Dolphins1613661985620020
2016Miami Dolphins168431558381012
2017Miami Dolphins132161127150010
2018New York Giants16641185930106226132601
2019New York Giants162331447250030
2020Houston Texans90881660000
2021Cincinnati Bengals81991870010
2022Cincinnati Bengals160571240000


Pro Career:

  • A respected locker room leader who completed his ninth NFL season in 2022 ... Has been a team captain seven times on four different teams, including with the Bengals in '22 ... A key special teams contributor since joining Cincinnati in October 2021, he has played 431 ST snaps in 24 regular-season games with the Bengals ... Had 10 tackles on special teams in '22 regular season (third on team) ... Enters 2023 with 129 games of NFL experience, including playoffs ... Spent five games on Cincinnati's practice squad after signing in 2021, then joined active roster in November ... Played for four teams prior to Bengals — San Francisco, Miami, the N.Y. Giants and Houston ... Has previous experience with Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, who was his position coach with the Dolphins (2013-17) and Giants ('18) ... Originally a college free agent signee of the 49ers in 2012, and was on the practice squad during their run to the Super Bowl that season ... Was Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee for his hometown Houston Texans in 2020 ... Listed on Cincinnati's roster as Michael J. Thomas to differentiate from WR Mike D. Thomas.

Career Transactions:

  • Signed with San Francisco as college free agent on 5-2-12 ... Waived by 49ers on 8-31-12 ... Signed to 49ers practice squad on 9-2-12 ... 49ers practice squad contract expired on 2-11-13 ... Re-signed with 49ers as free agent on 2-11-13 ... Waived by 49ers on 8-31-13 ... Signed to 49ers practice squad on 9-2-13 ... Signed by Miami off 49ers practice squad on 12-10-13 ... Received tender offer from Dolphins on 3-10-15 ... Re-signed with Dolphins as exclusive rights player on 5-1-15 ... Received tender offer from Dolphins on 3-3-16 ... Re-signed with Dolphins as exclusive rights player on 7-29-16 ... Received tender offer from Dolphins on 3-8-17 ... Dolphins contract expired on 3-9-17; became restricted free agent ... Re-signed with Dolphins on 4-17-17 ... Dolphins contract expired on 3-14-18; became unrestricted free agent ... Signed with N.Y. Giants as unrestricted free agent on 3-26-18 ... Giants contract expired on 3-18-20; became unrestricted free agent ... Signed with Houston as unrestricted free agent on 4-28-20 ... Texans contract expired on 3-17-21; became unrestricted free agent ... Not asked to re-sign; became free agent on 5-3-21 ... Signed to Cincinnati practice squad on 10-5-21 ... Signed to Bengals roster on 11-15-21 ... Bengals contract expired on 3-16-22; became unrestricted free agent ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-17-22 ... Contract terminated by Bengals on 8-31-22 ... Re-signed with Bengals as free agent on 9-2-22.

2022 Season:

  • Team captain who played in all 16 regular-season games and all three postseason contests as core special teams contributor ... Saw action on 66.7 percent (289 of 433) of special teams snaps in regular season, third-most on the team ... Posted 10 tackles on special teams ... Also played 25 defensive snaps as reserve S, recording two tackles ... Logged three special teams stops Nov. 27 at Tennessee ... Played 47 snaps on special teams in postseason (no statistics).

Previous Seasons:

  • 2021—Signed with Cincinnati on Oct. 5 and went on to play in eight regular-season games (one start) and all four postseason games, as Bengals won AFC Championship and advanced to Super Bowl LVI ... Spent five games on Cincinnati's practice squad (did not play) after signing, then joined active roster following season-ending injury to Bengals S Brandon Wilson ... Had 12 tackles and a PD on defense, along with six tackles on special teams (tied for second on team) ... Lone start came in season finale at Cleveland, as Bengals' regular starters rested for playoffs, and he posted eight tackles on defense ... Played 72 snaps on special teams in postseason and had three ST tackles ... Had one special teams tackle in punt coverage in Super Bowl LVI vs. L.A. Rams.
  • 2020(Texans)—Played in nine games for his hometown Houston Texans ... Suffered season-ending right pectoral injury, and spent the final seven games on Reserve/Injured ... Totaled 13 tackles on defense and two on special teams ... Recovered a blocked FG at the Texans' 27-yard line on Oct. 18 at Tennessee ... Recovered an onside kick on Oct. 25 vs. the Green Bay Packers ... Texans' 2020 nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.
  • 2019 (Giants)—Played in all 16 games (two starts) for the Giants ... Posted 40 tackles and three PDs on defense, and five tackles (second on team) and a blocked punt on special teams ... Blocked punt came on Oct. 20 vs. Arizona; the Giants recovered the punt in the end zone for a TD.
  • 2018 (Giants)—Played in all 16 games (six starts) for the N.Y. Giants ... Had 47 tackles, a sack, two INTs and six PDs on defense, and a team-high nine tackles and a FF on special teams.
  • 2017 (Dolphins)—Played in 13 games (two starts) for Miami ... Had 16 tackles and a PD on defense, and seven tackles (second on team) on special teams.
  • 2016 (Dolphins)—Played in all 16 games (eight starts) for Miami ... Team captain ... Totaled 39 tackles, a sack, a PD, a FF and a FR ... His 16 special teams tackles not only led the Dolphins, but also the entire NFL ... Also had a FF on special teams ... On Sept. 18 at New England, recorded a strip sack of Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter.
  • 2015 (Dolphins)—Played in all 16 regular-season games (career-high 13 starts) and one playoff game (start) for Miami ... Tied fourth on defense in tackles (71), and led team in special teams tackles (10) ... In AFC Wild Card Playoff at Pittsburgh, had six tackles, an INT and rushed three yards for a first down on a fake punt to extend what became a Dolphins FG drive
  • 2014 (Dolphins)—Played in eight games (two starts) for Miami ... Posted eight tackles on defense and nine on special teams (second on team).
  • 2013 (Multiple Clubs)—Spent first 14 weeks of the season on San Francisco's practice squad, before being signed by Miami and playing in the Dolphins' final three games ... Totaled two tackles, an INT and a PD on defense, and one tackle on special teams ... Made NFL debut on Dec. 15 vs. New England, and also recorded his first career INT — on fourth down from the Miami 14 with seven seconds remaining in the game, he picked off Tom Brady in the end zone to secure a four-point Dolphins win; the performance earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
  • 2012 (49ers)—Spent entire rookie season on San Francisco's practice squad, as the 49ers won the NFC Championship and reached the Super Bowl.


  • Spent four seasons (2008-11) at Stanford University ... Played in 51 career games (24 starts), and totaled 189 tackles, five INTs, 12.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, 30 PDs, three FFs and two FRs.

High School/Personal:

  • Hometown is Houston, Texas ... Attended Nimitz High School in Houston, where played RB and averaged 9.2 yards per carry as a junior and 7.4 as a senior ... Was a high school rival of future Stanford teammate and close friend Andrew Luck, and was 2-2 against Luck's teams at Stratford High School ... In 2020, was awarded the Ira D. Hall award by Stanford University for his "extraordinary commitment to social justice, community organizing, and public service in a local, national, and/or global context" ... In 2015, while with the Dolphins, he was awarded the key to the city of Fort Pierce, Fla. by Mayor Linda Hudson for his involvement in the community ... Hosts an annual "Camp Mike T" in Houston; the weekend camp focuses on leadership, academics and athletics, and includes discussions on SAT/ACT prep, financial literacy and athlete activism ... Sociology major at Stanford.

NOTE ABOUT NFL EXPERIENCE: Thomas did not earn an accrued year of experience toward NFL free agency in 2012 or '13.