Terrell Thomas has been in talks with Giants

Terrell Thomas says he is three weeks ahead of schedule with his rehab from a torn ACL injury suffered in the preseason and he is optimistic that he will return to the Giants.

The free agent wants to return to the Giants. He was the team's most productive cornerback in 2010.

“I want to come back, my man," Thomas said about returning on SiriusXM NFL radio. "I’ve been in talks with the organization and we’re pretty much on the same page. Obviously, we’ve got to get the job done but I definitely want to come back to the Giants. The fan base is great. First class organization. Why wouldn’t I want to come back to the 2012 Super Bowl champs? I would be a fool to leave right about now.”

Thomas participated in the parade and was on the sidelines for the Giants' wins against the Falcons, 49ers and Patriots. Initially it was difficult for Thomas to watch since his season was lost in the preseason. Several teammates, including Justin Tuck, said Thomas was having an outstanding camp and was primed for a Pro Bowl season.

Thomas has been rehabbing and he tweeted on Thursday that he ran on grass for the first time since the injury and that it felt good.

"Rehab’s going good," Thomas said. "I’m about three weeks ahead of schedule, I started running two weeks ago. Introducing myself into jumping and introducing myself into cutting and everything right about now."

"That’s what I’m just looking at, I’m staying positive with that," Thomas added. "It can be a lot worse for me, you know, I could be on a team that didn’t make the playoffs. But I’m with a great organization that hopefully will re-sign me back. My progress is going as well as possible with my knee and I’m a world champion so life can’t get no better right now.”

Thomas said his goal is to be fully ready to go by the season opener.

"That’s when I will be ready," Thomas said. "I can care less about OTAs, minicamp, training camp, none of that stuff even matters. But come Week 1, whoever we line up against, I definitely will be out there.”