Thierry finished the year with 29 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two fumbles recoveries.
Tomich, 6-3 and 281 pounds, is a fifth-year professional. A second-round draft selection out of Nebraska by the Saints in 1997, he played in 55 games for New Orleans over the past four seasons (1997-2000), with 18 starts.
The 27-year-old Lake Central, Ind., native had his most productive season in 1998, making 26 tackles - 21 of them unassisted - while playing in all 16 games. Not invited to re-sign by New Orleans this year, he signed on with the Arizona Cardinals July 27, 2001, and subsequently was terminated August 28. He had been out of football since.
As a collegian, Tomich was a Walter Camp first team All-America selection as a senior, a year in which he posted 91 tackles, including 26 for loss, and 16 sacks. He also was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year trophy.