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Pierre Thomas gets $3.34 million in 2011 pay

Saints Thomas is brought down by Falcons' Lofton during the second quarter of their  NFL football game in Atlanta

When we initially passed along Pierre Thomas’ four-year, $12 million contract last week, we called it a steal for New Orleans.   That assessment holds up after viewing the fine print.

ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinkskas has the details.  Thomas’ deal includes a $640,000 base salary in 2010 which is guaranteed.  He’ll also get a $2.7 million roster bonus this year.

Thomas’ base salary climbs to $2.16 million in 2011, and and $860,000 of that is guaranteed.   Add Thomas’ 2010 pay to his guaranteed ’11 pay, and his total guaranteed money in the deal is $4.2 million.

Thomas’ total pay in 2013 will be $2.5 million, and it will be $2.9 million in 2014.

The deal is similar overall to Chester Taylor’s contract last year, although it’s not as front-loaded.  Considering Thomas averaged roughly 1,000 yards from scrimmage on a successful offense in 2008-2009, you could argue he deserved more.

The deal reminds us a lot of the contract Fred Jackson signed with Buffalo in 2009, which looks better for the Bills every year.

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4 Responses to “Pierre Thomas gets $3.34 million in 2011 pay”
  1. deucedropper says: Mar 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    “When we initially passed along Pierre Thomas’ four-year, $12 million contract last week…”
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    Really? Man, I could have used some of that.

  2. bwenson says: Mar 8, 2011 2:58 PM

    His salary in 2010? What year is it now?

  3. dbellina says: Mar 8, 2011 4:14 PM

    That equals a little over $500,000 for every game he played in 2010, or $1.1 million for the games he actually started.

  4. covercorner says: Mar 9, 2011 1:57 AM

    Why did he sign for such a low amount?

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