Terrell Thomas told ESPN’s Dan Graziano he does not believe he will re-sign with the New York Giants before the March 11 start of free agency.
“I know my agent will talk to them, and if they come back with something that’s extremely favorable, I’d sign it,” Thomas told Graziano. “But more than likely, I’m going to hit the market. I feel I owe it to myself, and I think the Giants understand that and would agree.”
The 29-year-old cornerback managed to play in all 16 games this season after missing the previous two seasons with separate torn ACL injuries suffered during the preseason and training camp, respectively. Though he struggled, of course, his overall body of work was impressive considering the hurdles he was forced to overcome. He recorded 67 tackles, one interception (which he returned for a touchdown) and a forced fumble.
Thomas’ knee will undoubtedly give many interested teams reason for concern. He is admittedly still recovering every day, as evidenced by this tweet on Wednesday:
Knee feeling better and better each day.
— Terrell Thomas (@TerrellThomas24) February 12, 2014
The Giants will likely direct much of their focus in the offseason toward re-signing key free agents linebacker Jon Beason, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and safety Stevie Brown. But Thomas could very well wind up back in New York even if he does hit the open market.