Former NFL executive Louis Riddick is calling the Giants’ signing of CB Walter Thurmond “a slam dunk” (Raanan, March 20).
“If he can stay healthy and out of trouble, it’s a tremendous value signing,” said Riddick, who pegged Thurmond as his most underrated available player heading into free agency…But it’s the skills of the Giants’ new corner that impress Riddick most. In his opinion, there is nothing that Thurmond (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) can’t do well. That should provide defensive coordinator Perry Fewell with plenty of versatility with Thurmond, Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara in the same defensive backfield.
The Giants were able to steal Thurmond on a one-year, $3 million contract thanks to off-field and injury concerns. “He’s a dynamite press corner, who is as good with his technique as Byron Maxwell, as Richard Sherman,” Riddick said. Thanks to the Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signing, Thurmond will likely open the season as a third corner in what is now a very deep unit. He shouldn’t have a problem earning a much bigger payday a year from now.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
It’s certainly a good investment for the Giants, at least for one year. Should Thurmond have a strong season, the Giants will likely try to lock him up.
That being said, no one is able to predict what the free agent market will be like next year, because the salary cap is expected to increase again. Players will be more apt to test the market, especially the twenty-somethings such as Thurmond.