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Former New York Giants WR Devin Thomas Ends “Retirement” and Signs with Detroit Lions

January 18th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Prior to the 2011-2012 NFC Championship game between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, wide receiver and special teams ace, Devin Thomas, had a vivid dream about the upcoming game; a premonition that he would play a major role in the outcome. He was right, and his fumble recovery in overtime would help setup the game-winning field goal. The Giants, of course, would then go on to win Super Bowl XLVI.

Despite what was one of his better years in the NFL, the Giants would not re-sign Thomas and he eventually landed with the Chicago Bears. But after struggling in training camp, the veteran decided it was time to walk away from the game, announcing his retirement via Twitter.

That "retirement" ended on Thursday, as Thomas announced – again via Twitter – that he's back in the NFL, having signed a deal with the Detroit Lions.

"Greetings in the name of H.I.M. JAH RASTAFARI! God is Amazing! Bringing a young Lion back home! It's official," he tweeted with a picture of him signing the contract. "I thank the Detroit Lions for just giving me a chance and that's all a young Lion needs!"

With both Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles dealing with potential long-term injuries, and Titus Young’s future with the team uncertain, Thomas will add solid depth at wide receiver and special teams skill to a team that needs both.

Originally drafted in the second-round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, Thomas has also spent time with the Giants, Bears and Carolina Panthers.


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5 Responses to “Former New York Giants WR Devin Thomas Ends “Retirement” and Signs with Detroit Lions”

  1.  G-MenFan says:

    “Greetings in the name of H.I.M. JAH RASTAFARI!”

    Maybe he can convince Goodell to play a game in Ethiopia next year instead of the U.K.

  2.  JimStoll says:

    a nice cheat sheet of the 2013 off-season so far from our friends at BBI:

    2013 Free Agent Scorecard

    Last Updated: January 17, 2013

    Exclusive Rights Free Agents (if tendered):

    OC Jim Cordle
    DE Adrian Tracy
    DE Justin Trattou

    Restricted Free Agents (if tendered):

    HB Andre Brown
    HB Ryan Torain
    WR Victor Cruz
    TE Bear Pascoe
    S Stevie Brown

    Unrestricted Free Agents:

    QB David Carr
    HB Kregg Lumpkin
    WR Domenik Hixon
    WR Ramses Barden
    TE Martellus Bennett
    TE Travis Beckum
    OG Kevin Boothe
    OT Will Beatty
    OT Sean Locklear
    DE Osi Umenyiora
    DT Rocky Bernard
    DT Shaun Rogers
    LB Chase Blackburn
    LB Keith Rivers
    CB Justin Tryon
    CB Bruce Johnson
    CB Brian Witherspoon
    S Kenny Phillips
    PK Lawrence Tynes

    Free Agents Signed from Other Teams:


    Re-Signed Practice Squad Players:

    TE Larry Donnell (Re-Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    OG Stephen Goodin (Re-Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    OG/OT Levy Adcock (Re-Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    OT Matt McCants (Re-Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    DE Matt Broha (Re-Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    CB Laron Scott (Re-Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)

    Signed “Street” Free Agents:

    QB Curtis Painter (Signed by Giants; 1-Year, $630,000 salary)
    WR Brandon Collins (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    WR Kevin Hardy (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    WR Kris Adams (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $1,050,000 salary)
    OG Michael Jasper (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    OG Bryant Browning (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    OG Chris DeGeare (Signed by Giants; 1-Year, $480,000 salary)
    DT Bobby Skinner (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    LB Jake Muasau (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    CB Trumaine McBride (Signed by Giants; 1-Year, $630,000 salary)
    CB Antonio Dennard (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $900,000 salary)
    S David Caldwell (Signed by Giants; 2-Years, $1,050,000 salary)

  3.  Levito says:

    The Giants right guard played through a painful hip injury in 2013 — a partially torn labrum, and some bone spurs — but is putting off surgery until after the annual all-star game.


    Snee, who just finished his ninth NFL season, is at the point in his career when he discusses with Kate the possibility of retirement after each season — but said he will be back in 2013.

    “Right now, my mindset is year-to-year,” Snee said. “That’s all you can focus on. I sat down with my wife after this year and decided if I wanted to do it again. It’s a grind. There’s a lot that goes into it mentally and physically, but I couldn’t see myself walking away just yet.”


    Seriously, he needs surgery, but he’s going to play in the Pro Bowl? He doesn’t even deserve to be in it, but, WTF? Get the surgery and get ready for next season. That is, you know, if you still want to play the game.

    Just another non-motivated Giants who’s probably in it for the money at this point. This is the general attitude that p¡sses me off when I hear it from players. If you’re contemplating retirement, you probably aren’t all there anyway. Just f’n retire and let a hungrier, more motivated player get their chance.

    •  JimStoll says:

      anyone who has watched Snee closely knows that he has not been a pro bowl guard since 2009; 2008 being his last quality season.
      In 2009, snee missed the entire pre-season with a knee injury. He played the entire season but at a far lower level than ’08.
      In 2010, he added shoulder problems to his knee and his productivity suffered further as he began to miss an isolated game here and there
      2011 and 2012 showed more of the same
      but he’s the coaches son-in-law, so he’s here until he wants to leave

  4.  G-MenFan says:

    This is a top-tier NFL guard who has played 9 seasons and won 2 Super Bowls. Yeah, I’d like to see him get the surgery now but he wants to spend time with his family in Hawaii and his 2 championships give him the right to do that.

    Snee had rough seasons in ’11 and ’12 but I don’t think it’s time to kick him to the curb and treat him like garbage. He’s not still on the team because he’s Coughlin’s son-in-law. He’s been a great player for us and sometimes that “what have you done for me lately?” crap is over-the-top annoying.

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