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Giants Re-Sign Cornerback Terrell Thomas; Coaches Added

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Terrell Thomas deflects a pass against the Eagles. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Terrell Thomas deflects a pass against the Eagles. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Terrell Thomas, the 27-year-old cornerback who was out all of last season with a torn ACL, has re-signed with the Giants.

Thomas and Big Blue managed to come to an agreement mere hours before the NFL free-agency period was set to begin.

The USC grad led the Giants with five interceptions in 2010, but then suffered a season-ending injury in a preseason game this past August.

“I definitely wanted to come back here – this is home for me,” Thomas said Tuesday, according to the team’s official website. “My first choice was here, but I did open my eyes a little bit to free agency in case the Giants didn’t re-sign me. So I’m happy to be back.”

Thomas said the Giants began negotiations “immediately” after their Super Bowl victory.

“They told me right when the Super Bowl was over they’d start talking about a contract and that’s exactly what happened,” he said. “They went back and forth with my agent, as any contract negotiation would. I think we agreed on the numbers by Saturday night or Sunday morning. Then it was just going over some language in the contract.”

Thomas, who was drafted by New York in the second round in 2008, expressed immediate joy upon the completion of the deal.

“It’s a GREAT day to be a NEW YORK GIANT!” Thomas tweeted early Tuesday morning.

Thomas later posted: “It’s official, I’m a NY GIANT.”

The terms of the new deal have not yet been disclosed.

Tom Coughlin also completed his coaching staff, announcing the hiring of Matt Rhule as assistant offensive line coach and Lunda Wells as the team’s offensive assistant.

Rhule, who spent the past six seasons at Temple, replaces Jack Bicknell, Jr., who left to become the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive line coach. Wells, who had been at LSU since 2008, takes over for Kevin M. Gilbride, who was promoted to receivers coach after Sean Ryan was named the quarterbacks’ coach.

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