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Contract: 1 year, $3 million with $2 million guaranteed
There was a lot of disparity regarding the contracts given to cornerbacks this year, which is why this list is loaded with corners, as would a list with the opposite premise. Unfortunately for Walter Thurmond—but fortunately for the New York Giants—he comes in as a massive bargain with a one-year prove-it deal worth $3 million.
At least Thurmond is getting more guaranteed money than Nolan Carroll, but the overall value of this contract is absurd considering how well he played for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in 2013.
That four-game drug suspension that Thurmond dealt with last season was certainly a factor. But teammate Brandon Browner faced the same problem and still managed to get a three-year deal with the New England Patriots worth $12.35 million.
Thurmond probably came as cheap as he did because he's a slot specialist, just like Captain Munnerlyn. Not enough teams have wised up to how crucial a good slot corner has become in today's NFL, which prevents guys like Munnerlyn and Thurmond from landing Aqib Talib-like deals.
That works out well for the Giants.
"If he can stay healthy and out of trouble," former Eagles director of pro personnel Louis Riddick said of Thurmond, per NJ.com's Jordan Raanan, "it’s a tremendous value signing."