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Safety Michael Thomas will leave Giants for Houston Texans

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Veteran special teamer somewhat surpringly not brought back by Giants

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Michael Thomas, who spent the last two seasons as a reserve safety and key special teams player for the New York Giants, is signing with the Houston Texans as a free agent. Thomas’s agent, Christina Phillips, made that announcement Friday afternoon on Twitter.

Thomas took to Twitter himself to say goodbye to the Giants and their fans. He wrote:

It was honestly a blessing to play for the @Giants. Wish I could have helped us win more... From the sec I arrived it was made very clear why I was brought in. And to the organization, coaches, teammates (especially those ‘Teamers’ that got paid ) I hope I earned y’all Respect.

Thomas, 30, spent five years with the Miami Dolphins before signing with the Giants in 2018. He made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer that season. He was a special teams captain for the Giants in 2019.

Rather than bring back Thomas, the Giants signed Nate Ebner from the New England Patriots to fill that special teams role. Ebner played for new coach Joe Judge in New England.