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Walter Thurmond | Defensive Back | #26

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
College: Oregon
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (111) / SEA
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Free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond is retiring after six seasons in the NFL.
The Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen reported this was a possibility in March. Thurmond is only 28 and coming off his best and healthiest season as a pro after switching to safety for the Eagles last year. With an injury history as long as anyone, it is possible Thurmond decided to call it quits rather than risking his health on another short-term deal. It would not be surprising if he changes his mind next spring. Thurmond finishes his career with 160 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions in 52 appearances. Tue, May 31, 2016 12:33:00 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DB Walter Thurmond has turned down offers of $4 million-plus annually as he considers retirement.

Thurmond is only 28 and is coming off a fine season with the Eagles. He can play both safety and corner, and it would be quite a surprise if he hangs up the cleats. It's going to be tough for him to land a long-term deal at this stage if he ultimately decides to play. He may have to take another one-year pact.
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 11:27:00 AM

The Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen reports "several people around the Eagles" believe free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond is considering retirement.

A versatile defensive back who can play both corner and safety, Thurmond's name should have been hot in the first week of free agency, but Thurmond has yet to be linked with anyone. Bowen's report would explain why. Only 28, it would be a shocking decision from Thurmond, who is set for a nice payday after playing 16 games for the first time in his career last season.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 05:56:00 PM

Free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond admitted this is likely his last chance at a big contract.

"I'm not a young spring chicken anymore," Thurmond said. "This contract could potentially be my last depending how long it is." At 28, Thurmond will be well past his prime by the time his next deal runs out. Coming off the first healthy season of his career in which he showed the ability to excel at safety, the hybrid defensive back knows he needs to cash in now. The Eagles have several other free agents to deal with and just signed FS Malcolm Jenkins to a big extension. Unless he finds a surprisingly cold market, Thurmond will likely leave Philly.
Tue, Feb 23, 2016 12:33:00 PM

ESN Radio's Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles have yet to open contract negotiations with impending free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond.

The two sides are expected to talk at the Scouting Combine, but Thurmond has already admitted he chances of returning are slim. Thurmond shined in his first year as a safety and played 16 games for the first time in his career. A long injury history will ding his value, but the versatile defensive back should get plenty of interest on the open market.
Sat, Feb 13, 2016 09:30:00 AM

Impending free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond does not expect to be back with the Eagles.

"They only have $17 million in cap space," Thurmond said. "Economically it doesn’t make sense for them. I would love to be here. I love playing here. But that’s the way it is." Thurmond excelled in his first season as a safety, racking up 71 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery which probably should have been ruled an interception. More importantly, Thurmond played 16 games for the first time in his career. Hybrid S/CBs are of growing importance in the NFL, and Thurmond showed he could play the position well. He should have plenty of interest.
Source: Delco Times
Tue, Jan 5, 2016 12:38:00 PM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher said Walter Thurmond should open the season as the starting safety opposite Malcolm Jenkins.

"Thurmond’s had a really nice camp," Mosher said, "and his instincts are far better than any other of the candidates." Thurmond has never played safety before, but he has the playmaking skills to be a competent center fielder. Health will always be a concern for Thurmond, but the starting job appears his to lose.
Source: CSN Philly
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 10:15:00 AM

New Eagles DB Walter Thurmond III has been running as a starter at safety opposite Malcolm Jenkins in OTAs.

It appears Thurmond's position change is more than experimental. It's a straw being grasped at by coach Chip Kelly, but understandable considering the Eagles' current depth chart and 2014 safety play. Thurmond could be a playmaker on the back end, but it remains to be seen how much his pectoral, knee and leg issues have sapped his athleticism. Thurmond turns 28 in August.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 02:03:00 PM

New Eagles DB Walter Thurmond III is playing safety in OTAs.

The sixth-year pro has never played safety in the NFL. Of course, he played little of anything last season after tearing his pectoral, managing only 67 snaps for the Giants. It's possible that injuries have sapped enough of Thurmond's athleticism that safety makes the most sense as his 2015 home. We'll see if the experiment sticks through camp.
Thu, May 28, 2015 01:31:00 PM

Eagles agreed to terms with CB Walter Thurmond III, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year contract.

The deal should be for very little money. 27-year-old Thurmond's NFL career has been ravaged by injuries, including last year's season-ending pectoral tear. Thurmond also has an extensive history of knee and leg problems. When healthy, the Oregon alum has flashed playmaking ability at slot corner.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 07:46:00 AM

The Giants reportedly want to re-sign CB Walter Thurmond III for something close to the minimum.

Thurmond is a talented nickel corner, but injuries have zapped his market value. He tore his pectoral muscle in Week 2 last year and will be cheap for the Giants to keep.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 09:07:00 AM

Impending free-agent CB Walter Thurmond said he would like to re-sign with the Giants.

"I love the city of New York and I’m willing to come back," Thurmond said. A free-agent acquisition last offseason, Thurmond only played two games with the Giants before being placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral. A talented player, Thurmond's injury history limited him to a one-year deal during free agency last season. Thurmond is Rotoworld's No. 14 free-agent corner.
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 12:29:00 PM

Giants CB Walter Thurmond III sustained a torn pectoral in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals and is out for the season.

Thurmond, a talented player who had to settle for a one-year deal in free agency in part due to injury history, will have surgery this week. It's another blow to a reeling 0-2 Giants team. The only sliver of good news is that CB Jayron Hosley will be off suspension for Week 5 and can slide into Thurmond's slot role.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:07:00 PM

Giants CB Walter Thurmond III sustained a strained pectoral in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Cardinals.

Thurmond, a key add to the Giants secondary in free agency, will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 06:13:00 PM

Former NFL personnel director Louis Riddick calls new Giants CB Walter Thurmond III "special."

The Giants were able to steal Thurmond on a one-year, $3 million contract thanks to off-field and injury concerns. "He's a dynamite press corner, who is as good with his technique as Byron Maxwell, as Richard Sherman," Riddick said. Thanks to the Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signing, Thurmond will likely open the season as a third corner in what is now a very deep unit. He shouldn't have a problem earning a much bigger payday a year from now.
Source: NJ.com
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:23:00 AM

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