The New York Giants have been exceptionally loyal to cornerback Terrell Thomas, sticking with him through two ACL tears and a microfracture surgery. That loyalty paid off in 2013, as Thomas made his return to the field, playing in all 16 games, and really turned things on towards the end of the season. But, whether or not they'll stick with him in 2014 and beyond remains to be seen. And thus far, the two sides have not talked contract.
"I know my agent will talk to them, and if they come back with something that's extremely favorable, I'd sign it," Thomas told ESPN. "But more than likely, I'm going to hit the market. I feel I owe it to myself, and I think the Giants understand that and would agree."
After two straight offseason rehabs and complete uncertainty, Thomas is taking a relatively relaxed approach to the upcoming free agency period. He'd ideally like to return to the Giants, but after missing out on what was sure to be a tremendous free agent payday prior to his first NFL ACL tear (had one in college), this may be his final opportunity to sign a solid deal.
The good news, Thomas says, is that his knee is feeling much better and should no longer be of much concern.
"Knee feeling better and better each day," Thomas tweeted this week.
With higher priorities set on players like Jon Beason, Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph, as well as the Brown trio, Thomas is certainly going to have other options. Ultimately, any potential return to the Giants will hinge solely on money and whether or not he's willing to give Big Blue a hometown discount.
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