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J.T. Thomas takes pay cut to remain with Giants for 2016 season

The Giants and linebacker J.T. Thomas agreed to a restructured contract. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

The New York Giants and linebacker J.T. Thomas -- a starter in 11 of 12 games he played last season -- have agreed to an amended contract for 2016, a league source told ESPN's Field Yates.

Thomas was due $2.975 million in base salary this season but took a pay cut to $1.5 million, with the ability to make $100,000 in per-game roster bonuses and $550,000 in playing-time incentives. The cash value of his new deal is $1.625 million instead of $3 million.

That's a potential pay cut of $1.375 million for this season.

Thomas signed a three-year deal worth $10 million with the Giants during the 2015 offseason. He remains signed through 2017. The final year of his deal remained untouched in the recent restructure. Thomas is scheduled to make $3 million next season.

It all depends on how he plays this season. Thomas missed most of the summer with a hamstring injury, and his spot on the 53-man roster appeared to be in the air.

The Giants originally kept eight linebackers on the roster before cutting Jasper Brinkley on Monday.

Thomas, 28, has struggled with injury and inconsistency throughout his Giants tenure. But he is considered a solid special-teams contributor. That might be his primary role this season with Jonathan Casillas entrenched as the starting weakside linebacker.