We knew Terrell Thomas had restructured his contract to give him yet another try with the New York Giants, but the numbers are in and it looks like Thomas' knee problems have taken their toll on his value: the latest contract comes in at a base salary of $630,000 with a $35,000 signing bonus.
The numbers, courtesy of Jenny Vrentas, only go to show how far Thomas has fallen since being one of the league's best up-and-coming cornerbacks just two years ago:
Terrell Thomas' new one-year deal has a 35K SB, 630K base with a split for 358K, 35K workout bonus, 500K in playing-time incentives
For those of you not completely literate in Twitter contract language, it means Thomas can earn an extra half-million, give or take, over the $665,000 he's guaranteed (if he makes the roster) by being healthy enough to work out in the spring and staying on the field during the season. The split protects the team, both in real and cap dollars, if Thomas ends up on injured reserve again.
Thomas, for his part, isn't bitter that the ACL problems cost him a shot at mega-money and have reduced him to playing for, by NFL standards, peanuts.
Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News writes in this morning's paper that Thomas has been running for a few weeks, hasn't experienced swelling in over a month, and is excited to come back and play football…in whatever shape or form it ends up taking.
“(The Giants) said, ‘We envision you coming back to play corner. If you can play corner, that’s great. But if not, maybe there’s a nickel safety role,’?” Thomas said. “?‘Either way, we just want you on the field.’"
“At this point, I don’t care if they move me to kicker,” he said. “I just want to play football.”
Terrell Thomas is one of the nicest guys you can find in an NFL locker room (and one of the better cornerbacks on an NFL field, when healthy), and our hats off to him as he tries to kick-start a stalled career.
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