The Jacksonville Jaguars could potentially be looking at quite a few positions in free agency during the 2012 NFL offseason. One area that the Jaguars could be looking at is the cornerback position. As mentioned before, Jaguars corner Rashean Mathis is ahead of schedule in his rehab and wants to comeback to the team, but it's likely the team will explore other options. One player the Jaguars could and should target in free agency is New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas. Thomas missed the entire 2011 NFL season with a torn ACL, but if Thomas is healthy he could potentially be a nice transition from Mathis to a new starting corner.
I asked SB Nation's Giants blog Big Blue View about Thomas. Click the jump to see what they had to say.
When Thomas went down with his knee injury against the Chicago Bears in preseason the Giants were devastated. Many around the Giants, including some of the players, said they thought Thomas had become the team's best cornerback. At his best he isn't a shut down guy, but he's good. He has the size to handle bigger guys, is outstanding in run support and can catch the football, sometimes an under-appreciated thing for a corner.
The huge warning flag for Thomas is that this is the second time he has suffered a torn ACL in this knee, and his prospects for full recovery are not what they would be if this was his first knee injury. With that risk I seriously doubt anyone is going to give him a rich contract offer. I think Thomas returns to the Giants on a "prove it" one or two-year contract, the same thing the Giants did with Mathias Kiwanuka after Kiwanuka suffered a neck injury in 2010.