The Legion of Boom in Seattle has a new member, as veteran cornerback Terrell Thomas signed with the Seahawks Monday.
Thomas, 29, was the No. 63 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the New York Giants and has found work with the Seahawks thanks to his impressive bounce-back campaign last season. ESPN's Adam Caplan broke the news:
Terrell Thomas has agreed to a deal with the #Seahawks, source confirmed.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) July 28, 2014
Thomas' agent confirmed the news, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times:
Terrell Thomas' agent, Doug Hendrickson, confirms on Twitter he has signed with Seahawks.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) July 28, 2014
Due to consecutive ACL tears in the same knee, Thomas missed both the 2011 and 2012 seasons after appearing in 44 games over the course of his first three seasons with the Giants.
Last year he returned to form and appeared in a full 16 games while ranking as the No. 53 overall corner in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Coincidentally enough, that was the same ranking he earned in 2010 before succumbing to his health issues.
A USC product, Thomas reunites with former head coach Pete Carroll and immediately upgrades the already impressive depth the Seahawks tout at the position. Paul Schwartz of the New York Post detailed Thomas' comeback story:
Despite 3 ACL surgeries, @TerrellThomas24 showed too much in 2013 not to get another shot. Goes to Seahawks, reunites with Pete Carroll.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) July 28, 2014
With Brandon Browner in New England and Walter Thurmond—coincidentally enough—now a member of the Giants, Carroll and the Seattle front office had an obvious need behind Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Phillip Adams and Jeremy Lane. Given his form last season, Thomas should encounter no issues on his way to the final roster.
While sitting on the sidelines and watching other veterans find new homes this offseason, Thomas told Pro Football Talk, via Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger, that he understood the process and that his wait could bleed into training camp:
This NFL game is not loyal. It’s a part of business. I understand it and I respect it. As a veteran, I’m a plug-in starter. I don’t need to go through OTAs, through minicamps to get reps. . . . I can go in and play right now. So I’ll be ready whenever my number’s called, whenever the right team picks me. All I need is one team to love me. All I need is one team to give me an opportunity. My play speaks for itself.
The Seahawks decided to pounce early on the cusp of the summer months where players at the position begin to go down like flies and teams around the league hit the market in search of bodies.
Thomas was arguably the most attractive name on the market at the position, and his addition might just give the Seahawks an every-down starter in the slot next season, health permitting.
Simply put, it is the type of cost-effective maneuver that has seen Carroll's squad to the top, and one that should help to ensure it remains there.