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Giants Free Agency News: Linebacker J.T. Thomas signs with New York

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Another linebacker? What is going on here?

J.T. Thomas
J.T. Thomas
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The signings just keep coming for the New York GiantsIan Rapoport was the first to report that the Giants have signed linebacker J.T. Thomas to a three-year deal worth $12 million, $4.5 million of which is fully guaranteed.

Yep. That's two linebackers in less than three hours, with the Giants having signed outside liebacker Jonathan Casillas earlier in the day.

So, who is Thomas?

Thomas, who will be 27 next season, is a four-year veteran who spent two years with the Chicago Bears and the last two with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has played both outside and inside, and might be considered insurance against another injury to Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason. Thomas started 10 games for the Jaguars in 2014 after starting only two in his previous three seasons.

The Giants had already parted ways with Jacquian Williams. Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich are also unrestricted free agents. Per Pat Traina, Thomas has played the strong side and the middle.

Thomas received a -14.8 grade from Pro Football Focus in 2014, -11.9 for his run defense.

This seems like a pure depth move.