NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The forgotten man.
That’s what you might as well call Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas.
The former second-round pick out of USC played with the Giants from 2008-2010, but has missed the last two seasons with ACL injuries.
The 28-year-old doesn’t plan on calling it quits, however — and he doesn’t plan on leaving the Giants, either.
“I am returning to football in 2013 — hopefully with the Giants — but my (contract) is up this year,” Thomas wrote in a blog entry on his personal website on Tuesday morning. “Most likely and hopefully I will be re-signing with the Giants.”
The Giants have a $6 million option on Thomas for this upcoming season, though New York is not expected to pick it up because of Thomas’ injury history.
Even if Thomas is cut, Giants general manager Jerry Reese isn’t opposed to giving the 6-foot-0, 199-pounder another opportunity to prove his worth. Reese told WFAN’s Mike Francesa last week that he plans to reach out to Thomas to check on his status. The GM did say, however, that if Thomas does return he might have to move from cornerback to safety.
“More importantly, I wanted to reconnect with you guys and let you know I am training,” Thomas wrote. “I took a break from social media for a while to focus on my knee, my mental and to get ready for this upcoming year. It has been hard on me.”
Thomas revealed on his website that he has begun a new training program in Pensacola, Fla., and plans to do 200 push-ups and 300 reps of abdominal exercises daily.
“Now (that) the 2012 season is over, it is my time to rehab and get back on the field,” the Pasadena, Calif., native wrote. ”I want to prove to guys that I will return as the same player that I was when I was healthy.”
In his rookie season, Thomas recorded 45 combined tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in 12 games. In 2009 he had 85 tackles with a sack, a forced fumble, five interceptions and a touchdown. His best campaign came in 2010, when he amassed 101 tackles, a sack, four forced fumbles and five interceptions.
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