2012 NFL Free Agents: New York Giants Looking to Re-Sign Terrell Thomas

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 1, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Terrell Thomas #24 of the New York Giants fires up the crowd against the Washington Redskins on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The last time we all saw Terrell Thomas, it was the preseason and he was hobbling off the field with an injury. At first, it didn't seem too serious, but then news broke that Thomas was out for the 2011 season with a torn ACL. 

The New York Giants secondary struggled without Thomas all season long. First-round pick Prince Amukamara broke his foot on the second day of training camp, leaving the Giants secondary even more depleted.

Thomas, like former teammate Aaron Ross, is a free agent, and the Giants have to make a decision on who to keep to man the cornerback position. 

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants prefer Thomas and would like to keep him. A representative for Thomas said preliminary talks have already begun, and according to Thomas' agent, Doug Hendrickson, the Giants "definitely" want him back.

Though he was out for the entire 2011 season, Thomas had a great season in 2010, recording 101 tackles, five interceptions and four forced fumbles.

If you listen to Thomas, it sounds like he wants to be back with the Giants, and it sounds like the Giants really want him back.

Some people felt that Thomas was on the verge of having a potential Pro Bowl season. Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was one of those people, and was devastated by his teammate's injury. 

Still relatively young at age 27, Thomas should be able to bounce back from the injury, which is why the Giants are considering bringing him back.

Hendrickson added that while Thomas is still rehabbing from the injury, he's jogging and is "way ahead of schedule."

If in fact Thomas is way ahead of schedule, the Giants need to re-sign him as soon as possible. Bringing back Thomas, especially over Ross, is the right decision in the long-term for the Giants.