A couple weeks ago, Terrell Thomas talked about players recovering from injuries, and how studies show that you’re better off returning to your previous team:
“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 while appearing on SiriusXM NFL radio. “They know you best. 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.”
I’m not sure what study Thomas is referring to (I’d like to see it), but I believe it, and I think that Thomas is smart to return to the Giants. The likelihood of him returning to starting CB form with another team, learning a whole new defense while continuing to rehab, are much longer odds than just staying in NJ. Thomas appears to be a thoughtful guy, and has his long term interests in mind. Recover, play well, and then look for the big payday. Conversely, it was smart for the Giants to bring him back, if not a no-brainer. Thomas, when healthy, is a quality, above-average starting corner who was still improving when he tore his ACL. If he can make a full recovery, he can still contribute.
It appears he’s still a ways away from being 100%:
“I’m pretty much at a good-paced jog,” Thomas 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 10 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.”
Now, Thomas won’t have to worry about learning a new defense while his rehab continues. Details on the numbers when they’re made available.