Not too many players reject the chance to get a multi-year offer from a team in the NFL, especially given the fact that not all of the money in their contract is fully guaranteed.
Yet, that is exactly what Walter Thurmond III did this past year with the New York Giants, whom he signed a one-year deal with after winning the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks this past year. Initially, Thurmond was offer a three-year deal from the Giants, but as Dan Graziano of ESPN New York reported, Thurmond turned it down to keep himself motivated and hungry this season.
"I asked Walter Thurmond whether he'd had the opportunity to sign a longer-term deal. He said he did, and that the Giants actually offered three years, but that he preferred to take one to keep himself hungry. Now, there are plenty of good reasons he might have wanted to do this. Cornerback salaries continue to escalate, the salary cap is due to rise again next year and a season playing in the New York media market can only help Thurmond's profile. And from the Giants' standpoint, they'll have first crack at him if they decide — either during the season or right after it — that they want to keep him for more than just one year. As long as he doesn't get hurt, Thurmond's in a good spot. And based on what we've seen in camp, he's a heck of a player."
Graziano brings up a great point in the fact that cornerback salaries have gone up over the last year and if Thurmond has a tremendous 2014 season with the Giants, he could be looking at a potentially bigger payday from the team and the Giants could have a chance to keep him around long-term like they had hoped when they originally started negotiating with him back in March.
Thurmond, who will now take the place of Terrell Thomas (who coincidentally signed with Thurmond's old team in Seattle,) as the starting slot corner alongside Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara who will start on the outside. Thurmond, who was signed to bring some of the "Legion of Boom" toughness and physicality that helped them win a championship this past February, thus far has done that in training camp, practice and in the preseason and so far, has all the makings of being a solid corner in store for a very good season.
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