The Big Blue View Twitter feed has received a few 'how could the Giants have let this happen?' type of comments. So, let's talk about Thurmond, the fact that he is no longer a Giant and the absolute audacity of Chip Kelly and the Eagles to use Thurmond at safety, a spot where the Giants have zero experienced players.
I keep seeing and hearing the idea that the Giants "let" Thurmond go. The Giants wanted Thurmond back. At the end of the 2014 season, Thurmond wanted to come back to the Giants.
The issue, of course, was money. The Giants paid Thurmond $3 million a year ago and got less than two full games for their money. They didn't want to spend another $3 million for a player who misses more games than he plays in -- which we will detail in a second -- so they wanted him to accept a low-cost deal -- probably much closer to the veteran minimum. Thurmond didn't want to do that, and the Eagles made it unnecessary, handing him a $3.25 million one-year deal with $2 million guaranteed.
If you are one of those people who has complained about the overwhelming number of injuries the Giants have suffered the past few seasons, or even considered complaining about the Giants attaching themselves to too many players with lengthy injury histories, then it is really impossible for you to complain about the Giants not being willing to get into a bidding war for Thurmond.
Yes, Thurmond is a talented player. Yes, he is a top-notch slot corner -- something the Giants could have used. Yes, he can fill in on the outside. And yes, now he is apparently adding safety to his resume, as well.
Problem is, you actually have to be on the field to do any of those things. Thurmond was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He has been eligible for 80 regular-season games since then. He has made it to the post for 36, and started only nine. He has never played more than 14 games in a season, played only six in 2011, and two in both 2012 and 2014. You want a comparison. Oft-injured Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason has played more games than Thumond during that stretch, having made it into the field 40 times.
So, there are some who are getting upset about a guy who has played in less than half the games he has been paid for, who played two games for the Giants a year ago and has started a half-season worth of games over five years.
Sure, you could consider it annoying that he ended up in Philly. And ironic that he could end up at safety for the Eagles, a position where the Giants still have no players who are proven at the NFL level. Here is how Kelly explained moving Thurmond to safety:
"He's always around the ball," Kelly said. "I think he's had a lot of experience playing nickel, so he's been an inside guy. He can see things. He's very intelligent. He's an intuitive football player. He is the first guy out of that corner mix that is getting a shot at inside."
Certainly, Thurmond is a good player. We knew that, and the Giants still know it. He is a more proven one in the slot than either Trumaine McBride or Mike Harris, the two players likely to get first cracks at the nickel corner job with the Giants this season.
From this view, however, not being willing to overspend to keep Thurmond is not a move the Giants should be destroyed for, they should probably be applauded for it. As for what the Eagles choose to do with him, does it really make any difference? Not to me.