Thomas has already registered a career high in sacks with a team leading five while recording 58 tackles and a fumble recovery this season. He has a total of 11.5 sacks in his career in which he has started 30 of the 72 games he has played for the Jets.
"Bryan's approach and hard work both on the field and in the classroom earned him this opportunity," Head Coach Eric Mangini said. "He's done everything we've asked of him and he exemplifies the type of player we want on defense. Bryan is a versatile player who we can count on each week to make plays."
"I've enjoyed my time being a Jet and I am excited about the present and the future of this team," Thomas said.
Thomas, in his fifth year, came to the Jets as the 22nd overall pick in the 2002 draft out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he got his degree in Criminal Justice. Thomas was a four-year starter at UAB and broke the Conference USA record for sacks with 35. He was born in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Minor High School.
Tannenbaum worked with Thomas' agent Brian Mackler to finalize the terms.
"Bryan would have had many opportunities in the free agent market and the possibility to earn more money," said Mackler. "With the direction that Coach Mangini and the Jets organization are taking, Bryan decided that this is where he wanted to be."