Reese hopes Thomas and Goff return

Tom Coughlin has said he has unrestricted free agents Terrell Thomas and Jonathan Goff in his plans for next season.

General manager Jerry Reese was asked whether he may approach the two defensive players who are coming back from torn ACL knee injuries in the same manner that he did with Mathias Kiwanuka last year.

Kiwanuka was cleared from a career-threatening neck injury last year at this time and Reese said his plan back then was to offer a short-term contract to allow Kiwanuka to re-establish his value.

Kiwanuka ended up re-signing with the Giants for a two-year deal worth $8.6 million.

“No, I don’t think you can pigeon-hole yourself with any model,” Reese said when asked if he will do the same thing with Thomas and Goff. “You try to do what’s best every year with each individual player. But we were glad we were able to fix that this year with Mathias and happy he had a good season.”

Thomas and Goff suffered torn ACL injuries prior to the season opener and Coughlin admitted that while the rehab is a long process, he expects both players to have enough time to be ready for the 2012 season.

“I just hope they are healthy and able to continue their careers regardless,” Reese said. “We like both of those players and we’ll see moving forward if we can have both those guys back as well.”