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New York Giants, Terrell Thomas Agree to New Deal

February 11th, 2013 at 2:42 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants and cornerback Terrell Thomas have worked out a new deal that will keep T2 in New York for at least one more season.

'Terrell Thomas warms up' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

"Guess who's back?" Thomas tweeted with a photo of him in a Giants helmet.

Although details of the contract are still murky, it appears Thomas signed a new one-year deal that will save the Giants from the $6 million option bonus that was due to him in March.

Thomas, who is coming off his third ACL tear and second in two years, had been hopeful to work out a new deal with the Giants. He's been patiently rehabbing and began running for the first time last week. That progress was obviously enough for General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. as they felt confident enough to give him another opportunity in 2013.

Even with Thomas' return, it's no given that he will make the team out of training camp. And if he does, there's still a question about what position he will be playing.

In early January, Reese expressed his desire to see T2 return, but hinted that a move to safety may be inevitable after so much damage done to one knee. And with Kenny Phillips likely to leave via free agency, a healthy Terrell Thomas may be an ideal and suitable patch-job replacement.

"He may be one of those guys at this point in his career, if he does get back on the field from the injury, you might have to move him to a different position like safety instead of playing corner," Reese said in an interview on WFAN660 in January. "Because, a couple ACLs playing corner is tough to do. But he is a smart guy. You’ve seen guys before that start careers at cornerback, and have some injuries or lose a step and teams move them inside to safety. That is something we will look at."

There is a possibility the Giants may also look into safety George Wilson, who was released by the Buffalo Bills today and had previously played under Perry Fewell.

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