Although his contract is expiring at the end of the season and a large payday could potentially be on the horizon despite tearing his ACL, Terrell Thomas has no interest in testing the free agent market and fully anticipates being a member of the New York Giants next year.
"I haven’t been shy about saying I definitely want to return. I planned on signing a new contract with them this season so my mind was already made up. I wasn’t one of those guys who was going to go into free agency and see what’s out there … Everyone from the GM to the owners have reassured me that they want me back and want to get a deal done that suits both parties and I definitely believe that we can get that done in the near future," Thomas said.
Thomas' proclamation sounds eerily similar to one that was made a year ago by wide receiver Steve Smith, who ultimately signed a one-year deal with NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles. It also comes after a October comment in which he hinted his days is New York could be coming to an end if he doesn't get offered a deal he feels is fair.
“Honestly? I felt like I was a free agent as soon as I had the surgery,” Thomas said. “I love the Giants. I would love to stay there. But I know this is a business, and I have to put myself in a position to take care of myself. You only get to sell yourself once."
The good news is that Thomas ran for the first time since tearing his ACL in late September against the Chicago Bears and suffered no setbacks. His rehab remains on schedule, and should the Giants re-sign him, he'll be near 100% by the time the preseason begins.
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