Thomas' release speaks to the frustration the organization had for a player high on talent but unable to make tangible progress on the field. The Cardinals selected Thomas with the 119th overall pick in the 2014 draft and had hoped the talented 6-foot-6, 248-pound Virginia Tech product could develop into an NFL quarterback.
Arians later remarked that he didn't start Thomas because he was protecting the young quarterback from failure that could leave "scars (that) never go away." Saturday's move tells us that Arians believes Thomas remains a long way off from a finished product.
Thomas does get to take some good tape with him out the door. In the preseason finale, he completed 9 of 10 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, including a beautifully thrown 59-yard scoring pass to wide receiver J.J. Nelson. Thomas is too talented not to get a look from another team.