Devin Thomas, whose tenure with the Giants will be remembered mostly for his recovering two fumbles in punt coverage against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears as a free agent wide receiver.
Thomas spent parts of two seasons with the Giants. He was brought in late in 2010 when the team was losing receivers to injuries and immediately made a special teams impact with a blocked punt against the Redskins – the team that had drafted him in the second round. He made the team the following year and played mostly special teams. He had three receptions for 37 yards in 2011.
“I feel like there’s a good opportunity for me to come in and battle for a position and contribute on special teams," he said, according to a release on the Bears' website. "I love the tradition that Chicago has and I felt like it would be a good fit for me. Lovie Smith is a great head coach and I have a lot of friends on the team.”
Thomas also spoke about being a champion with the Giants.
“There’s nothing like it,” he said. “It’s something you dream of as a kid. It’s the reason guys play this game. For me, I have the hunger to get back. I have the drive to stay a champion. I’m blessed to have been part of winning the Super Bowl and look forward to helping Chicago get there too.”
He may be remembered by many Giants fans for those two fumble recoveries. I’ll also remember him most for the injury he suffered in training camp last summer. He went down low for a pass and dislocated his finger so badly that the skin had been stripped off the bone and was flopping around. He was also carted off the field in the game against the Packers, preventing the New Providence Marching Band from entertaining the fans at halftime of that game.