The Cowboys have five inside linebackers on the roster and there's no question that Thomas was brought in to start. Ayodele doesn't play special teams so he appears to be the odd man out.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he has not talked to Ayodele but will soon.
"Anybody we have who's in our preseason program and who we played with last year and who we've got back and who is on our roster right now, certainly they have a good chance to be involved (next season)," Jones said.
"But that doesn't in any way imply that we won't be working our roster and doing some things different on the roster, which gives rise to, 'Well, can you say for sure that Akin is going to be your starter next year?' And I can't."
Ayodele finished fourth on the team in tackles in 2007 with 95.
Ayodele's Future in Dallas in Doubt
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