Walter Thurmond signs with the Giants

Posted Mar 16, 2014

After four injury-interrupted seasons with the Seahawks, cornerback Walter Thurmond decided a change of scenery was in order so the free-agent cornerback signed with the Giants on Sunday.

The Seahawks always felt they got a fourth-round steal in Walter Thurmond, a cornerback they considered a first-round talent when healthy.

Thurmond is taking that talent, as well as his history of injuries, to the New York Giants. The free-agent corner has signed with the club in free agency, a move announced on the Giants’ website Sunday.

“I wanted to meet other teams and see what was out there,” Thurmond told New York “Once I came here and met the coaching staff and heard the opportunities they presented to me, I couldn’t resist. It was a testament to the coaching staff. I got along with everybody, coach (Tom) Coughlin, the general manager (Jerry Reese), the DBs coaches – just great people out here.”

Thurmond played in 13 games, with one start, after being selected in the 2010 NFL Draft – the first for the Seahawks under the direction of coach Pete Carroll and John Schneider. Thurmond was penciled in as the starter on the right side in 2011, he a hamstring injury sidelined him in training camp and opened the door for Brandon Browner to win the job. Later that season, Thurmond took over as the starter on the left side, but an ankle injury ended his season and All-Pro Richard Sherman stepped in and has kept the job.

Thurmond’s 2012 season was limited to two games, as he started the season on the physically unable to perform list and ended it on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

In 2013, Thurmond played in 12 games, with three starts, but was suspended for four games by the league. The suspension ended his latest chance to move into the starting lineup on an extended basis, as Byron Maxwell took over on the right side and played well during December and a postseason that ended with the Seahawks defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium – the Giants’ home venue.

During his four-season stay with the Seahawks, Thurmond played in 33 games with eight starts. He had 80 tackles and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings last season.

From West Covina (Calif.) High School, to the University of Oregon, to the Seahawks, Thurmond is a West Coast guy who’s taking his game to the East Coast.

“I feel great about it,” he said. “I think my time on the West Coast has expired and I’m looking forward to a new change of scenery.”