Terrell Thomas Signs New 1-Year Deal With New York Giants: Last offseason, CB Terrell Thomas signed a 4-year, $28.4 million contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent despite tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in his right knee in August 2011 and missing the entire season. Unfortunately Thomas re-tore the ACL in July last year during training camp and was lost for the 2012 season as well. With Thomas due a $6 million option bonus in March, it was unlikely the Giants were going to keep Thomas under his current contract given this was the third ACL tear in his right knee (the first coming in college in 2005).
Thomas and the Giants have officially agreed to a new 1-year deal. Further details of the new contract are not currently available.
“I’m blessed and happy to have another opportunity to play football, especially with such a loyal organization, the one I started my career with,” Thomas said. “For them to give me another opportunity to prove myself, I feel very blessed.”
Thomas underwent his third ACL surgery last September.
“My knee feels great,” Thomas said. “It was a little struggle at first. It was a little inconsistent with the swelling. But for the last month-and-a half I haven’t dealt with any swelling at all. It’s progressed the last two weeks since I started running. The doctors are really happy with the way I’m progressing. They had to increase my workload because it wasn’t enough.”
“I can’t speak on that right now,” Thomas replied Thomas when asked if he would be thinking about his injured knee when he returns to the practice field. “But I imagine I will be a little hesitant at first. But that’s what practice is for. Hopefully, they’ll give me enough opportunities to get out there and practice and get my knee in shape to feel confidence and trust in it. Last year, I definitely felt confident in my knee. What happened, I couldn’t tell you to this day. It just wasn’t meant to be. But I definitely did everything possible to get ready and that’s my game plan again. I can’t worry about what I can’t do. All I can worry about is what I can do right now, and that’s rehab. And that’s what I plan on focusing on.”
“It’s been a long two years,” Thomas said. “It’s definitely been a test of my will. But it’s made me a stronger person. It showed me a lot of things about myself that I needed to fix and at the same time it showed me how strong I was. It’s been a tough time for me and my family and especially beating myself up. But God has seen me through. What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. I believe there’s a bigger plan for me. I’m hoping He will show me and I’m riding it out right now.
“I’m on a real high right now. Since I moved to Pensacola to train I’ve been a whole lot better mentally and physically. I’m real happy right now re-signing with the Giants and getting a chance to be with my teammates and get another opportunity to play football again. It’s been two years – it’s been a very long time. I’m excited to get ready for offseason training to be with the guys in the film room, the meetings – all that stuff I missed.”
General Manager Jerry Reese mentioned earlier in the offseason that Thomas might move to safety.
“Obviously, my physical play translates into being a safety,” Thomas said. “I just got done talking to Jerry, Coach (Tom) Coughlin, and (Defensive Coordinator Perry) Fewell and all of them said, ‘We envision you coming back to play corner. If you can play corner, that’s great. But if not, maybe there’s a nickel safety role. Either way, we just want you on the field.’ Whatever my leg allows me to do, whatever the coach sees fit is better for the team, that’s what I’ll be doing. I’ll be ready, regardless.”
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