NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Another Super Bowl champion won’t be returning to New York.

Giants NFC Championship game hero Devin Thomas has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears.

“I feel like there’s a good opportunity for me to come in and battle for a position and contribute on special teams,” Thomas said in a statement. “I love the tradition that Chicago has and I felt like it would be a good fit for me.”

His departure follows Mario Manningham and the recently released Brandon Jacobs, both to San Francisco.

Thomas has 43 receptions for 482 yards in four seasons with Washington, Carolina and New York. He was mainly a special-teams contributor for the Giants last season and recovered two fumbles in the NFC title game against San Francisco, including one that set up the winning field goal in overtime, for the eventual NFL champions.

Thomas thanked his former organization on Twitter: “Much love for the NY Giants and my teammates for a magical year!’’

The Bears announced the move Wednesday on their website.

“I know I’m joining an organization that’s legendary. That’s the first thing that comes to mind, the tradition and the history,” said Thomas.

“The team has shown so much promise and just needs a little bit more to get to the Super Bowl. I think they’re putting the right pieces together. They have the right mentality to be right there. I’m looking forward to … adding to the success of the team.”

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