After spending the last four seasons as a member of the Seattle Seahawks and the "Legion of Boom," Walter Thurmond is switching coasts.
Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported early Sunday morning that Thurmond agreed to a contract with the New York Giants:
Giants and former Seahawks CB Walter Thurmond reached agreement on a one-year deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2014
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora later reported financial details:
CB Walter Thurmond's 1-year deal with the Giants is worth $3.5M.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 16, 2014
That wasn't the only move for the G-Men; they also added a safety/kick returner in Quintin Demps, as Dan Graziano of ESPN.com notes:
Morning. Giants busy overnight, agreeing on contracts with KR Quintin Demps and CB Walter Thurmond.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 16, 2014
Landing Thurmond is a huge move for the Giants after being depleted at other defensive positions. They lost Justin Tuck to the Oakland Raiders earlier this week and were in desperate need of adding quality defenders after a poor showing last season.
They ranked 23rd against the pass and 19th versus the run in 2013.
Even with the move, Chris Russell of ESPN Radio 980 questions whether New York is actually a better team through free agency at this point:
So #Giants have landed Walter Thurmond and could land Dominique Rogers-Cromartie. However, have lost a lot on DL. .Are they better?— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) March 16, 2014
Thurmond violated the NFL's substance-abuse policy and was suspended for four games last season. But during his time on the field, he came away with six passes defended, a sack and an interception returned for a touchdown.
The 26-year-old corner has been on a tour throughout several different franchises to find the correct fit, and he posted his thoughts on Twitter:
It's never personal its business, just how the Hawks let red and everyone else walk. Obviously there is a reason I haven't signed back yet.— walter thurmond III (@WaltThurm3) March 13, 2014
Patience is most definitely a virtue. And must be learned. I know all about that.— walter thurmond III (@WaltThurm3) March 15, 2014
What the move means for the Giants is that they are finally on the receiving end of a big free-agency move. While Thurmond missed multiple games last season due to suspension, he is a productive defensive back who can help New York turn things around in the secondary in 2014.
As for Thurmond, he joins a team that's far from the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks. New York is attempting to rebuild after a 7-9 season, but it is a much better team with his services.
This may be the first of many big moves for general manager Jerry Reese and co.
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