Giants sign CB Terrell Thomas to restructured contract

2/11/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Cornerback Terrell Thomas hasn’t played a single regular season game in two seasons while dealing with three ACL injuries and right knee surgeries. Although Terrell Thomas signed a four-year, $28.4 million contract with the New York Giants last March and was due a $6 million option bonus in spring, further complications stood in the way of his return in 2013. Doubts about the health of his knees and the New York Giants’ salary cap situation demanded another way around the situation previously standing contract.
So, the New York Giants went with the most likely option, signing Terrell Thomas to a one-year restructured contract on Monday.
Drafted in the second round out of USC by the New York Giants in 2008, Terrell Thomas was one of the more promising young cornerbacks in the league, starting 31 of possible 32 games during the 2009, 2010 season while compiling 10 interceptions. Terrell Thomas also led the New York Giants in tackles, interceptions and passes defended over both seasons.
However, Terrell Thomas missed the past two seasons with knee issues, after sustaining a torn ACL in the preseason game against Chicago Bears in 2011, and again suffered a setback during training camp last season. Terrell Thomas ended up spending the entire 2012 season on the injured reserve following knee surgery.
And now, Terrell Thomas is ready for his third comeback in the 2013 season.
"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," Terrell Thomas said in a statement released by the New York Giants on Monday. "For them to give me another opportunity to prove myself, I feel very blessed."
Over the past two months, Terrell Thomas has been rehabbing from the ACL surgery at the Andrews Institute for Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Pensacola, Fla. Terrell Thomas noted his right knee “feels great” and he recently started jogging outside a pool as doctors keep increasing the workload according to his progress.
"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,” said Terrell Thomas. “It's progressed the last two weeks since I started running. The doctors are really happy with the way I'm progressing."
However, its likely Terrell Thomas wouldn’t be playing at his former position with the New York Giants next season. New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese indicated after last season that if Terrell Thomas returns with the team, a move to safety is under consideration for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound cornerback. The New York Giants hope that playing at the new position might be easier on Terrell Thomas’ knees and prolong his career.
"At this point, I don't care if they move me to kicker," Terrell Thomas revealed his eagerness to get on the field. "I just want to play football."
The 28-year-old Terrell Thomas has 231 tackles and 11 interceptions while defending 38 passes in 44 career games with the New York Giants.
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