There was a growing feeling that Terrell Thomas wouldn't be back with the New York Giants when he made his first free agent visit with the Oakland Raiders last week before even receiving an offer from his old team.
When the team proceeded to sign Walter Thurmond of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the Denver Broncos on Monday, it all but sealed Thomas playing career in New York and signaled that Thomas likely wouldn't be back with the team, especially since Thurmond is a slot corner just like Thomas, and so he will continue to search for a place to call home in 2014.
On Tuesday, Thomas made his next free agent stop in that search, as Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports tweeted that he made a visit with the Carolina Panthers.
In addition to CB Terrell Thomas, who was in for a visit today, the Panthers are nosing around CB Antoine Cason. Figure they sign 1 or both.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 18, 2014
Thomas landing in Carolina would make a lot of sense given the Giants connection with former scout and director of pro personnel David Gettleman serving as the team's general manager. Former Giants WR Domenik Hixon was with the Panther last year, but is now with the Chicago Bears. Super Bowl XLVI hero Chase Blackburn is in the second year of his deal with the Panthers, so if Thomas signed there, he would reunite with at least one former teammate.
The Panthers lost one of their top cornerbacks last week in Captain Munnerlyn, who left town to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, thus the interest in Thomas, plus as Garafolo mentioned, Antoine Cason as well.
Thomas returned to the Giants in 2013 to play for the first time in over two years after suffering ACL tears in the summers of 2011 and 2012, both of which required surgery and extensive rehab time. In all 16 games played, the 29-year-old Thomas made 67 total tackles with an interception and a sack. For his career, he has 12 interceptions in 60 games played.
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