NFL Free Agency does not start until 4 p.m. ET Tuesday afternoon. The New York Giants, however, have already made their first major free-agent signing. Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted that the Giants will retain cornerback Terrell Thomas.
One less CB on the market: New York Giants reached agreement with cornerback Terrell Thomas.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2012
Thomas missed all of the 2011 season after suffering a torn ACL during the preseason. Thomas had an outstanding 2010 season for the Giants with five interceptions, four forced fumbles, 21 passes defensed and 101 tackles for the Giants.
Thomas quickly took to Twitter himself this morning to share the news:
It's a GREAT day to be a NEW YORK GIANT!— Terrell Thomas (@TerrellThomas24) March 13, 2012
The Thomas signing is probably bad news for cornerback Aaron Ross, who started in place of Thomas during the 2011 season. The Giants do not have much flexibility under the NFL salary cap and it has been widely assumed that the team would not keep both players.
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