KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Tri-Cities Fever continued to bolster their defense for the 2011 season, signing linebacker Joseph Thornton on Tuesday. Thornton (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) was a standout for the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he ranks ninth all-time in school history with 269 career tackles. In his senior season in 2009, he was named to the all-Southern Conference second-team, leading the team with 95 tackles. That was sixth-best in the conference. In 2008, he started all 12 games as a junior and led the team in tackles with 79, including seven tackles-for-loss. "Joe is a tremendous linebacker," said Fever coach Adam Shackleford. "He has a motor that never stops and instincts that make him a dominant defensive player." To make roster move, the Fever released defensive lineman Curtis Terry. – Former Fever running back/kick returner Jarvis Dunn was signed by the Kent Predators on Tuesday. Dunn, who played for the Fever in 2005 and 2006, played in three games for the Predators last season before pursuing other interests. In those three games, he had 245 return yards, ranking him third on the team.