FEBRUARY 11, 2013 3:03 PM
T2 re-does deal; will return to Giants in '13
BY RALPH VACCHIANO
Terrell Thomas’ second chance with the Giants never really got started. Now he’s coming back for a third.
The 28-year-old cornerback signed a new contract with the team on Monday, guaranteeing he’ll at least have a shot at playing for the Giants in 2013. He has missed the last two seasons after tearing the ACL in his right knee in consecutive summers.
Thomas – who celebrated his new deal by Tweeting “Guess whose back???” along with a picture of himself in his No. 24 Giants helmet -- will now attempt to join Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who is the only NFL player ever known to make it back from three torn ACLs.
The details of Thomas’ new deal weren’t immediately known, but a person with knowledge of it said it is either a one-year deal or essentially a one-year deal. Last March, while he was coming off his second torn ACL, he signed a four-year contract with the Giants that could’ve been worth as much as $28.4 million. But it included a $6 million option that was due this March.
With that contract now ripped up, last year’s deal cost the Giants only about $2 million.
The Giants had high hopes for the former second-round pick out of USC when they brought him to camp last summer, but he quickly got hurt just days into camp – what the team initially called an “aggravated” right ACL. Further examinations and several doctors’ opinions eventually determined the need for surgery and the discovery of a partial tear.
In the aftermath of the Giants season, GM Jerry Reese expressed an interest in bringing Thomas back, but said the team would have to “tread lightly” given his physical condition. He also said Thomas might have to consider a position switch from cornerback to safety to ease some of the wear and tear on his battered knee.
"He may be one of those guys at this point in his career, if he does get back on the field from the injury, you might have to move him to a different position like safety instead of playing corner," Reese said in an interview on WFAN back in January. "Because, a couple ACLs playing corner is tough to do.
“But he is a smart guy. You’ve seen guys before that start careers at cornerback, and have some injuries or lose a step and teams move them inside to safety. That is something we will look at."
Thomas has spent the last month training in Pensacola, Fla. According to updates he’s posted on his personal website, he began running outside of a pool for the first time just one week ago.
This comes on the heels of reports that the Panthers are interested in KP