Free agency never sleeps, and the New York Giants proved that Saturday night.
The team has agreed to terms with former Seattle cornerback Walter Thurmond III, a former fourth round draft pick by Seattle in 2010, and former Kansas City safety/kick return specialist Quintim Demps.
The 26-year-old Thurmond had drawn interest from Jacksonville, San Francisco and Washington before landing with the Giants one what ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported to be a one-year deal.
Per Pro Football Focus, which provides a comprehensive breakdown of statistics on every NFL player, Thurmond excelled as a slot cornerback, allowing 0.85 yards per slot snap in coverage, the fifth lowest of all slot corners last season. That could very well be why the Giants were attracted to him.
Thurmond is 5’11” and 190 pounds. He has 85 career tackles, 1 sack, 15 pass breakups, 1 interception, and one forced fumble in his career.
With Thurmond on board to play the slot, that most likely means the end of Terrell Thomas’ tenure with the Giants.
As a kickoff returner last season, Demps averaged 30.1 yards per kickoff return, second behind Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson, and PFF’s second-best kickoff return specialist in 2013:
In addition to likely taking over the kickoff return duties for the Giants, Demps will provide depth at safety should Stevie Brown’s return from ACL surgery hit a snag or should Will Hill, who’s had a troubled off-field history in his young career, slip up.
As a safety, Demps, who has also played for the Eagles and Texans, has 126 career tackles, 1.0 sack, 22 pass breakups, and 7 interceptions.
The Giants are also still expected to meet with cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie, an unrestricted free agent from Denver, per a source. Rodgers-Cromartie met with the Jets on Saturday, but let their building without a deal.
His meeting will be on Sunday, per a source.
If the Giants sign Rodgers-Cromartie, it’s assumed that he will move into the starting spot opposite of Prince Amukamara. If he doesn’t sign, figure that Thurmond will compete with Trumaine McBride, who re-upped with the Giants last week on a two-year deal.
The Giants could also add a cornerback in the draft.