New York Giants: Why Terrell Thomas Should Restructure His Contract for 2013

Doug RushSenior Analyst ISeptember 14, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06:  Terrell Thomas #24 of the New York Giants defends against the Dallas Cowboys on December 6, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Terrell Thomas is already out for the 2012 season with his knee injury.

A knee injury that happened during the preseason and that was to his surgically repaired knee from a year ago.

On Thursday, according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger, Thomas had his third surgery on his ACL of his career. With the New York Giants, it is the second time as a pro in the NFL.

Before the 2012 season, the Giants re-signed Thomas to a four-year deal worth $28 million, however, the Giants put into the contract that most of the money is guaranteed if they pick up his option for 2013.

With the ACL surgery, that scenario right now is highly unlikely, although Thomas Davis of the Carolina Panthers is the only guy to ever have three ACL surgeries and still come back to play football.

Thomas has last played for the Giants back at the end of the 2010 season as he suffered his first ACL injury during a 2011 preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

Thomas' NFL career is in major jeopardy and his Giants career is in even more jeopardy. So here is my suggestion:

Before the end of the season, Thomas should sit down with Giants general manager Jerry Reese and restructure his contract before 2013 so he can attempt to come back and play for the Giants.

By restructuring Thomas' current contract, it would work out for both parties involved.

For the Giants, re-structuring his deal would save them money on their payroll and give them flexibility to make moves during the next off-season.

Plus, it would alleviate the Giants of having to pay Thomas more guaranteed money than they really want to in 2013 and beyond.

For Thomas, restructuring his deal would allow him to keep his job with the Giants and in the NFL.

Because if Thomas does not restructure his deal after the 2012 season, there's a very good chance that the Giants will cut him.

What team is going to take a chance on Thomas given the fact that he's been through three career ACL surgeries and two of them were in the last 12 months?

That is unless the Giants decide to because they know what kind of talent Thomas is when he is actually healthy.

And right now, because the Giants secondary is an utter mess with injuries and the second unit playing terrible, a healthy Thomas would be an improvement.

Actually, a 75 percent healthy Thomas would be an improvement over Michael Coe and Justin Tryon, who were downright pitiful against the Cowboys in Week 1.

But what needs to happen is Thomas actually volunteering to restructure his current deal to stay with the Giants, because if he isn't, then this whole story becomes a moot point.

However, look at this past off-season for the Giants.


Eli Manning, David Baas and David Diehl all restructured their current contracts to help out with the Giants payroll.

Never mind Baas and Diehl, but if Manning was willing to re-do his deal to help the Giants, and he's one of the biggest reasons why the Giants won Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, then I think Thomas could do it as well.

Thomas gives off the impression that he is a genuinely good guy, which has made him very well-liked by his teammates and Giants fans all over.

His following on Twitter is a large one and from the past tweets I've seen of his, he sounds like he really does like playing for a well-respected organization like the Giants.

So when the time comes for him to make a decision, I, like many other fans, hope that he's not just about the money and wants to keep playing for the only team he's known as home in the NFL.

For now, he's got another six months of recovery ahead of him and then, who knows what his future holds.