Terrell Thomas was a teammate of Steve Smith’s at USC and again with the Giants. It sounds like he picked up one very important lesson from the wide receiver.
“When you do the study on people coming off injury, the best possibility is always to return to the same team that you were previously with,” Thomas said this evening in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “They know you best … They know who you are.”
That’s not what Smith did last summer while he was still rehabbing from a serious knee surgery. Instead of sticking with the Giants, he signed with the Eagles. They (perhaps) rushed him along to get him on the field and see the fruits of their investment, and he wound up having a miserable season for them that even saw reports that the Eagles were trying to trade him before the deadline. Smith is a free agent now.
Thomas, who tore his ACL last summer, might be a free agent in a few weeks. But once again, he made it clear his preference is to stay with the Giants.
“Obviously this industry is a business so I’m definitely open to free agency but the talks with the Giants are going very well,” he said. “I don’t think they want me to hit the free agent market and so we’ll know in a couple of weeks whether I’m a free agent or I return to the New York Giants.”
Thomas said his rehab is going well and he is “confident” in his knee.
“I’m pretty much at a good paced jog,” he said. “Not a sprint but a nice jog. I’m cutting, jumping and next week I start cutting on the grass and get fitted for my knee brace so it’s picking up. The fun part of rehab is definitely there. I’m doing lunges and squats. I’m squatting 300 pounds ten times so I’m definitely confident and just looking forward to coming back in 2012 and showing everybody how hard I worked in this offseason.”