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New York Giants: Could Big Blue Look to Switch Terrell Thomas to Safety in 2013?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Terrell Thomas #24 of the New York Giants is introduced against the Washington Redskinson December 5, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Doug RushSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2013

Terrell Thomas' NFL career is at a bit of a crossroads right now.

After being regarded as possibly the New York Giants's best cover corner, injuries have derailed his career.

Thomas has had to have surgeries in consecutive years to repair a torn ACL—surgeries that have cost him both the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

The Giants signed Thomas to a four-year deal worth $28 million back in March 2012, but the team put in a clause in the contract that protected themselves in case of an injury like the one Thomas suffered.

Thomas is due about $6 million for a salary in 2013, and I'd say there's a very good chance that Giants GM Jerry Reese cuts Thomas before March.

The soon-to-be 28-year-old could be in line for a position change, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

 

Jerry Reese says Terrell Thomas still rehabbing. Raises prospect of Thomas possibly moving to safefty if he decides a comeback

— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) January 3, 2013

 

In Youngmisuk's story on ESPN, he reported that Thomas is still rehabbing his knee, and the team will be monitoring his status to see if he makes a third comeback following a third ACL surgery.

The Giants GM feels that Thomas's best option at this point in his career could be to make the position switch.

But he is a smart guy.You’ve seen guys before that start careers at cornerback, and have some injuries or lose a step and teams move them inside to safety. That is something we will look at.

In the seasons he's played and been healthy, Thomas has 11 career interceptions and six forced fumbles between 2008-2010, and some felt he was on the verge of becoming a superstar at the cornerback position.

At the safety position, the Giants have to make a decision on free agent Kenny Phillips, who may lose his starting job to Stevie Brown, whose expected to be re-signed by the team after a breakout season in 2012.

I think Thomas could end up back with the team for a lot less money if he decides to make a comeback in 2013.

Even if Phillips and Brown are both there along with Antrel Rolle, Thomas could fit into the Giants' plans as a backup looking to ease his way back into the swing of things.

For Thomas' sake, given how hard he's worked to rehab after the surgeries, I hope he has a successful comeback in 2013 and is back with the Giants.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.

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