Pierre Thomas Signs Two Year Extension With Saints
Pierre Thomas isn’t going anywhere. The veteran running back agreed to a two-year extension with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis made the announcement.
Despite reports last week that Thomas was on the trading block, the 7-year veteran will remain on the only pro team he’s ever played for.
Thomas is coming off a season in which he led the team in rushing with 549 yards. (He also led the team in rushing in ’08 and ’09). He’s extremely effective at executing the screen play. Last season, he was second on the team in receptions with 77, and led all running backs in the NFL in that category.
With the signing of All-Pro Jairus Byrd, the Saints will need to acquire cap space for 2014. Thomas was set to count $2.9 million against the cap. While no financial details have been released on his extension, it’s highly likely in 2013 cap number will decrease.
Thomas’ extension gives New Orleans 4 running backs heading into 2013. Joining Thomas will be Mark Ingram, Khiry Robinson, and Travaris Cadet. Darren Sproles is currently on the roster, but will be traded or released.
According to NFL.com, 10 teams have contacted the Saints about Sproles’ availability in a trade.