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CB Walter Thurmond (bottom) has been overshadowed in Seattle.
Veteran cornerback Corey Webster had his contract voided recently, making him an unrestricted free agent on March 11. Webster played in just four games in 2013, as the two-time Super Bowl champion was unable to shake a series of mysterious injuries.
If the Giants want to attack the open market for a new cornerback to start opposite Prince Amukamara, they should take a long, hard look at Walter Thurmond III, who has played all four of his NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Thurmond is 26 years old and reaching free agency for the first time since he was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft (111 overall).
Thurmond, who started only three games with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks in 2013, was largely overshadowed by Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and the other hard-hitting members of Seattle's "Legion of Boom" defensive backfield. He could, however, help infuse New York's secondary with a similar type of swagger that terrorized opposing passers all last season.
Thurmond does not come without baggage, though. His first three years in the league were plagued by injuries, as Thurmond appeared in just eight games in the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined. While healthy in 2013, he still missed four games late in the season due to a failed drug test for marijuana.
Still, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll described Thurmond as a "tremendous athlete" to The Seattle Times, a claim the former Oregon Duck backed up with a 29-yard touchdown return on his only interception of the 2013 season against the Vikings. It would not be out of character for the Giants to take a chance on a young, yet somewhat troubled, athlete like Thurmond in free agency.