New York Giants Make A Good Decision In Re-Signing Terrell Thomas
The New York Giants made an interesting move on Monday. After cutting stalwarts like Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty and Michael Boley from the team, they decided to re-structure and re-sign cornerback/safety Terrell Thomas to a one year contract. Thomas is coming off of his third (!) torn ACL, and hasn’t played a regular season snap for the Giants since 2011. There was a $6 million option coming to him, and the restructuring allows the Giants to keep Thomas and save even more cap room.
The Giants need Thomas to be a corner rather than a safety. Even with the loss of Kenny Phillips, if he leaves as a free agent, they’ll have Stevie Brown (I expect the team to not let him leave as a restricted free agent) and Antrel Rolle back there, with Will Hill and Tyler Sash.
The Giants don’t have a lot at corner. Unless Corey Webster takes a pay cut, I bet he gets released. That leaves Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley as the other corners. Having the old Thomas back would be great. The guy was a tackling machine, which is why he could be a rather effective safety; however, he’s going to be pretty rusty. He also has to make it through an entire training camp and pre-season, something he hasn’t done in a couple years.
Nonetheless, the price of free agent corners and safeties are high. Sean Smith came out and said he wants $10-12 million. Darrelle Revis may hold out again for a gigantic contract. There is no such thing as a bad one-year contract. If Thomas proves he’s back, he’ll get a nice check from the Giants. If not, they’ll just let him go next off-season, nothing ventured, nothing gained.