It’s been a landmark day for stories that are bound to piss off Sean Payton.
Longtime Saints beat writer Brian Allee Walsh, now of NewOrleans.com, reports that the Saints and Patriots were close to making a deal a few weeks back that would have sent injured running back Pierre Thomas to the Patriots in exchange for a cornerback. Thomas would seemingly be a great fit in New England because of his versatility, but the deal hit a snag when the Patriots also wanted a pick in the deal.
Frustration continues to build over Thomas’ injured ankle. It’s been six weeks since he sprained it, and it doesn’t appear Thomas is close to a return to the field.
Reggie Bush has been difficult to replace in the Saints’ offense, but we think Thomas has been just as big a loss. He was the engine to a lot of their playoff success last year.
Half a season later, it’s clear that Thomas’ stock has fallen dramatically within the organization.