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RoanokeFan
03-10-2012, 04:51 PM
GIANTS' CORNERBACK TERRELL THOMAS HOPES FOR ANOTHER SHOT AFTER TEARING HIS ACL A SECOND TIME (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-cornerback-terrell-thomas-hopes-shot-tearing-acl-a-time-article-1.1036825)

"Life was about as good as it could get for Terrell Thomas (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Terrell+Thomas) last
summer. He was hyped as a future Pro Bowl cornerback. He was a week away from
the start of talks on a new contract that would make him a very, very rich
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Then, in an instant, it all went wrong. On a meaningless play in a
meaningless game Aug. 22, his right knee collided with teammate <a title="Jason Pierre-Paul" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jason+Pierre-Paul">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a>’s leg. There were 30 seconds left in the first half of a
preseason game against the Bears. He wouldn’t have even been on the field if the
Giants hadn’t just scored.

But he was, putting his right knee in the
wrong place when Pierre-Paul’s leg whipped around. The impact tore Thomas’ ACL
his second torn ACL in the same knee in six years.

A few months ago,
while Thomas was home in California going through the dog days of his long
rehabilitation and watching the Giants struggle late in the regular season,
reality started to hit him hard. His chance at a Pro Bowl and the multi-million
dollar contract that would’ve set up his family for life were gone.

“It
was kind of like the world is ending, you know what I mean?” Thomas says. “I
can’t believe this happened again. I was due for a big contract. And it was
never just for me. It was always for my mom and my family, to make a better life
for them. To have that taken away …”

What kept Thomas going through his
long rehabilitation and the unavoidable depressing days was the thought that his
dream wasn’t really dead. It was only delayed. Now, seven months after that
freak injury, he’s hoping he was right. On Tuesday he’ll be an unrestricted free
agent, ready to sell his services to the highest bidder.

And he’s
confident there will be bidders if the Giants don’t re-sign him before the
market opens on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

“A lot of people are like ‘Oh, it’s the
second ACL, he’s not going to be able to return,’ ” Thomas says. “OK. Well,
we’ll see. I use that as motivation. I know the doubt. And I understand the GMs
and teams, they might think it’s a risk taking a shot on me with my second ACL.
But if you look at my track record, you look at every injury I had through
college and the NFL, every time I came back I came back 100% with no lingering
issues, no setbacks, no having to sit out practice, nothing.”

That
motivation has carried Thomas since he left for California, where the Giants
allowed him to have his ACL repaired by the same surgeon that operated on him
when he tore the same ligament as a sophomore at USC in 2005. He stayed in Los
Angeles to train with John Meyer (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Meyer), the same
trainer who helped him overcome that injury, too.

Thomas insists he’s
never had a setback during his rehab. He says “my knee’s doing great” and he’s
confident he’ll regain full strength. He knows that with most players who tear
their ACL “there’s a lag that first year.” He didn’t have one in college,
though, and he doesn’t expect to have one now.

But convincing teams of
that won’t be easy. He only began cutting while backpedalling two weeks ago. He
can run, but “not a full sprint, just a nice-speed jog.” He can jump, squat,
lunge without pain and his knee feels strong. But he also said he’ll likely sit
out spring drills, just to make sure his ACL completely heals before training
camp starts.

“The biggest thing throughout this whole process is being
proactive,” he says. “It’s not that I can’t do it, but there’s no need to rush
me out there. I’m definitely not rushing to get back out there to prove that I’m
back.”

Without the proof, though, teams may not be willing to take a
chance. Seven months ago, Thomas who led the Giants with five interceptions in
2010 might have been in line for a deal similar to the five-year, $43 million
contract extension the Giants gave Corey Webster (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Corey+Webster) in
2008. Now? Who knows? Certainly it’ll be a shorter deal. Less lucrative,
too.

Thomas is still dreaming of something bigger, though, which may be
why negotiations with the Giants have stalled. He points out that in 2010 the
Jacksonville Jaguars gave <a title="Aaron Kampman" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Aaron+Kampman">defensive end Aaron
Kampman</a> a four-year, $26 million contract with $11 million guaranteed, while
he was still rehabbing a torn ACL.

“You know what? You never know,” he
says. “I learned coming in that all you need is one team to like you. That’s all
I’m hoping for, whether it’s the Giants or one of the other 31 teams out there.
All you need is one team to believe in you and trust in you.”

At least
Thomas has hope, which is much more than he had last August when he first looked
up and saw the blank look on Giants trainer Byron Hansen (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Byron+Hansen)’s face
and realized he had torn his ACL again. He got up, tossed his gloves in anger,
made sure to walk off under his own power.

In the trainers’ room, when it
all began to sink in, he started to cry.

“People kept saying, ‘He’s a Pro
Bowl-caliber player this year,’” Thomas says. “I definitely was. No doubt in my
mind. I was ready for a big year. I had high hopes. That’s what I had for
myself.

“But God had a different plan for me.”</p></div>
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BlueBlooded1979
03-10-2012, 07:26 PM
This guy spends a lot of time whining about a hypothetical contract that he was never offered. Sounds like a guy more motivated by the contract than the game.

Using Aaron Kampman is probably a really bad comparison given he did nothing in Jacksonville.

nYg24
03-10-2012, 07:59 PM
This guy spends a lot of time whining about a hypothetical contract that he was never offered. Sounds like a guy more motivated by the contract than the game.

Using Aaron Kampman is probably a really bad comparison given he did nothing in Jacksonville.

How would you feel in his situation? its his job, his life. He battled back from injury in college and earned his money in the NFL and then he gets hurt again. Its more than a game for these players, its a business which a lot of fans seem to forget.

nhpgiantsfan
03-10-2012, 07:59 PM
The safer money is on Ross! TT better come cheap if he wants to stay here.

tucksackstom
03-10-2012, 11:35 PM
i hope the giants can resign him, giants don't have many cornerbacks

rainierjef
03-11-2012, 12:40 AM
que the TT bashing, cause he feels he deserves more than a one year contract. you fans are such hypocrites its ridiculous.

Roa you shouldn't of even posted this one now were doomed to get endless threads of how selfish / malcontent TT is smfh.

gmen0820
03-11-2012, 03:10 AM
The safer money is on Ross! TT better come cheap if he wants to stay here.Eh I don't know about that. Ross isn't a really good corner to begin, and last year he managed to stay healthy, but how often does that happen?

My issue with him is how motivated he is. He manages to stay healthy for a contract year, raises a bit of a red flag considering he almost "retired" [quit] after his rookie year. After his rookie year, Ross was on his way to becoming one of my favorite players. I couldn't help but remember how excited I was with his 2 pick Jets game or just the effectiveness/presence he and Webster provided down the stretch of that year, but since then, he has either been hurt, or putting up very underwhelming seasons.

T2 has heart and although I consider ACL a dirty word (or acronym) I think Ross is equally as concerning. With T2, he should recover from that ACL by week 12 like most ACL guys. T2 provides us with a solid contributer down the stretch where we as Giants have seen first hand is where we need to get healthy. But if T2 goes to another team on a 1 year deal, I wouldn't mind. I would look at it the same way I saw the Smith to Philly signing, a team willing to pay and rehab my friend and return him to me when he's better and has some pocket change.

I don't think T2 can or should command more than 1.5 - 2 mil this year.

KidA
03-11-2012, 09:03 AM
Our CB situation this year is a little tricky.

It would be great to bring TT back as long as we can do so for a low price to offset the risk.

Ross, on the other hand, may or may not be worth resigning. He's a decent cornerback but he might be looking for a big contract after a second Super Bowl victory as a starter.

We really don't know what we have in Amukamara at this point, so it's hard to say just how much we need our two free agent CBs back.

jomo
03-11-2012, 09:20 AM
I wish TT nothing but the best and I hope his best is with us. He has been nothing but a class act for us and a perfect Giant by his temperment and approach to the game. Go TT. Go Giants!!

michaelkhan3
03-11-2012, 09:30 AM
I really hope we resign him I think he will com back and be as good as he was before and even get better

tonyt830
03-11-2012, 09:47 AM
I'm sure its tough coming back from a 2nd ACL tear on the same knee. And though I appreciate how Ross filled in, stayed healthy and contributed to our team this passed season, I don't see both he and Thomas getting re-signed.</P>


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If Thomas comes reasonable and keep improving, I have no problem with him coming back. The draft is fairly deep forCBthis year, so I can see Reese grabbing a corner (or safety) somewhere along the way as well.</P>


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And I believe we might have Bruce Johnson, Tryon, Coe and Witherspoon coming back also. I'm not sure if any of them are already signed or are FA.</P>

Captain Chaos
03-11-2012, 10:02 AM
TT is a hard nosed player, that said, he is still rehabbing and won't be full speed this year. Given that and the FA market I don't think teams are going to risk precious cap space on someone that is rehabbing. He may have to sign a one year deal and look to prove himself back during the year. He's a good guy and a fan fav but this is a business,