By John Boyle Herald Writer
Just because the Seattle Seahawks have what is widely considered the best secondary in the NFL, that doesn’t mean head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider aren’t still looking for ways to improve their roster, even at a position as deep as cornerback.
The Seahawks agreed to a deal with veteran cornerback Terrell Thomas Monday, a move that has not yet been announced by the team, but that was confirmed by both Thomas and his agent via Twitter.
“I’m so thankful for the Seattle Seahawks giving me an opportunity to continue my dream,” Thomas wrote. “Can’t wait to hit the field with my new teammates!”
Thomas, 29, played for Carroll at USC and was a second-round pick by the New York Giants in 2008. Thomas missed all of the 2011 and 2012 season with knee injuries. He tore his ACL in 2011, then re-injured the same knee the next year, but returned to play in all 16 games last year as New York’s nickel cornerback.
Thomas, who is listed at 6-0, 191 pounds, had 67 tackles, one interception, one sack and one forced fumble last year.
The Seahawks currently have Jeremy Lane as their top nickel corner, but Thomas’ versatility — he was a starting cornerback in 2009 and 2010 before moving to the nickel spot following his injuries — could help him in the fight to earn a roster spot in a very deep secondary.
The Seahawks have not yet announced the signing or a corresponding move, but they were already at the roster limit of 90 players, so a cut will have to be made to get Thomas onto the roster.
Seahawks on ESPN
The Seahawks will give what ESPN is calling “a rare inside look at a National Football League team practice” Tuesday when the sports network airs a two-hour special beginning at 10:30 a.m. SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne, a Kent native, will host the show, which will also feature Jon Gruden, Darren Woodson and John Clayton.
Carroll doesn’t think the ESPN production will be a distraction, but rather an interesting inside look at the organization
“They’ve been asking about it for quite some time, and we thought it would be OK,” Carroll said. “I’m not worried about them disrupting us at all, and I don’t mind contributing to what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to show a little bit more of an inside look in to what goes on in camp and practices, really from the football side of things; not from the entertainment side of things like some of the other shows do. So hopefully it’ll work out well. I’m anxious to see how it works together. I love working with Jon (Gruden). He’s a great guy to work with, so we’ll do everything we can to give them the opportunities and see if we can put together some good information for them.”
Herald Writer John Boyle: firstname.lastname@example.org.