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Pierre Thomas stays in New Orleans, agrees to new two-year deal

Luke Kuechly, Pierre Thomas AP

Pierre Thomas won’t be going anywhere after all.

Thomas, the running back who was rumored to be on the verge of getting traded or cut by the Saints, will instead stay in New Orleans after agreeing to a new contract. Thomas’s agent, Lamont Smith, revealed on Twitter that the two sides have agreed to a two-year deal.

That means the Saints will go into the 2014 season with Thomas as their No. 1 running back and Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson joining him in the backfield. Darren Sproles is expected to be traded.

Last year Thomas played in all 16 games, starting nine, and had 147 carries for 549 yards. He also had a career-high 77 catches for 513 yards.

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32 Responses to “Pierre Thomas stays in New Orleans, agrees to new two-year deal”
  1. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Mar 12, 2014 11:35 AM

    I’m having a hard time keeping up. First, Thomas and Sproles were going to be cut. Then Thomas was going to be cut and Sproles was going to be traded. Now they re-signed Thomas. What’s next? They make Sproles an assistant coach?

  2. chad504boy says: Mar 12, 2014 11:37 AM

    Agent noted a 2 yr extension to his current 1 last yr deal. So is it a now 2 yr deal or total 3 yr deal?

  3. chad504boy says: Mar 12, 2014 11:38 AM

    What’s next? They make Sproles an assistant coach?
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    He gets traded to an AFC opponent who’s mascot ends with “ns”.

  4. ugadogs21 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:41 AM

    Whew! Glad they came to their senses. No more contract talk around Mardi Gras…

  5. lannister1 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:42 AM

    Great runner between the tackles
    Exceptional pass blocker
    Excellent in the screen game

    Good move by the saints

  6. realdealsteel says: Mar 12, 2014 11:42 AM

    Waste of money. Why sign him when you can get an upgrade at the position in the 3rd round of the draft? Thomas is average at best.

    Saints offensively are a mess other then Brees.

  7. usmutts says: Mar 12, 2014 11:45 AM

    One of the most underrated players in all of football.

  8. chad504boy says: Mar 12, 2014 11:49 AM

    Waste of money. Why sign him when you can get an upgrade at the position in the 3rd round of the draft? Thomas is average at best.

    Saints offensively are a mess other then Brees.
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    Other than premier QB, Best TE in Game, Best Guard Duo in game, Stable of serviceable backs, and WR group that consistently gets the job done… yeah, other than that they are a disaster.

    As per draft, no way shape or form does keeping PT stop Saints from upgrading the position in the draft. We’re entering Ingram’s last year of his deal, Khiry is a bit of an unknown with apparent bright future, PT will be our leader/multi dimensional reliable stud with limited touches, we have an extra roster spot wide open for a young back looking for an opportunity.

  9. rolltide510 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:51 AM

    Anything involving the Saints running game is a complete mystery to the casual observer.

  10. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:51 AM

    Wishing he would come to green bay, we have no running game.

  11. wyntyrmute says: Mar 12, 2014 11:55 AM

    This was a smart move.

    Thomas’ yards per carry are always high yr after yr. He’s excellent on the screen and maybe most importantly he’s one of the best backs when it comes to picking up blitzes and protecting the QB.

    Add on to that he doesn’t have all that many miles on him and this is just a really good decision.

  12. sb44champs says: Mar 12, 2014 11:56 AM

    realdealsteel says:
    Mar 12, 2014 11:42 AM
    Waste of money. Why sign him when you can get an upgrade at the position in the 3rd round of the draft? Thomas is average at best.

    Saints offensively are a mess other then Brees.
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    Translation: I wanted my team to pick up Pierre Thomas… Saints are #4 offense… Boo-Hoo!!

  13. mdd913 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:57 AM

    fear the screen play

  14. smalltownqb says: Mar 12, 2014 11:58 AM

    Very good move by the Saints. Completely underrated. Say what you want about his top end skill but I will take reliable and team 1st out of my RB any day.

    No way Brees is going to keep up his passing attempt numbers over that he has the last few years. Smells like a game-plan change.

  15. jbaxt says: Mar 12, 2014 11:59 AM

    Why does it seem Saints running backs can’t ever break a long run. Its like their average has been 2 yards a game, since I can remember? Maybe it’s the Drew Brees affect? They pass so much the running game is nonexistent.

  16. schmitty2 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:59 AM

    realdealsteel says:Mar 12, 2014 11:42 AM

    Waste of money. Why sign him when you can get an upgrade at the position in the 3rd round of the draft? Thomas is average at best.

    Saints offensively are a mess other then Brees.

    Averaging almost 4 yards a carry and catching 77 passes is hardly “average” there Skippy.

  17. smalltownqb says: Mar 12, 2014 11:59 AM

    ” Waste of money. Why sign him when you can get an upgrade at the position in the 3rd round of the draft? Thomas is average at best.”

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    Are you actually watching the games?

  18. morty999 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:00 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Mar 12, 2014 11:51 AM
    Wishing he would come to green bay, we have no running game.
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    Yeah, that Eddie Lacy guy was terrible last year. Do you even watch football?

  19. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:01 PM

    With Moore and Sproles gone, my head would have exploded if Pierre left as well.

    I still really want Sproles to stay though.

    His 2012 and 2013 seasons were both strong enough to justify keeping him. I don’t get it.

  20. blackwell72 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:03 PM

    Loomis does it again!!

  21. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:05 PM

    ———————————————
    realdealsteel says:
    Mar 12, 2014 11:42 AM
    Waste of money. Why sign him when you can get an upgrade at the position in the 3rd round of the draft? Thomas is average at best.

    Saints offensively are a mess other then Brees.
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    Oh yes, the Saints are such a huge mess, even though they had the 4th ranked offense and were undefeated at home (again).

    Most fans would love to see their team post those kinds of numbers. Plus they made the postseason (The Steelers did not).

  22. LSUSaint76 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:15 PM

    realdealsteel says:
    Mar 12, 2014 11:42 AM

    Waste of money. Why sign him when you can get an upgrade at the position in the 3rd round of the draft? Thomas is average at best.

    Saints offensively are a mess other then Brees.
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    How does any sane person say the Saints are a mess offensively other than Brees? Since Payton’s arrival in New Orleans, his offenses have consistently been at the top of the league, and you’re going to say their offense is a mess?

    Are they moving people in and out yes, but every team does that. I suppose the Patriots have just been an absolute mess lately since they haven’t made the Super Bowl lately. That’s ridiculous. The Saints are retooling just like every other team has to do every so often. The Pats retool, and they’re still in the conversation at the end of the season. The Saints with Payton will do the same thing. Who knew about Colston 7 years ago? No one. It’s all about making good personnel decisions.

  23. nawlinssaints1956 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:16 PM

    Great response Chad; 100% spot on…

  24. djachammer says: Mar 12, 2014 12:17 PM

    This is all Smoke and Mirrors. Something will have to give.

    Salary Cap Wise .

    We have to deal some-one or Drew Brees Restructures his contract .

    Jimmy G is traded for some draft picks.

    Darren Sproles maybe still traded or cut .

    The fact of the Matter is the Saints need 5 million to sign their rookie draft class. Right now we do not have it.

  25. hor2012 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:28 PM

    I the PT is still good enough to play. Just a hunch here but I’m betting the he had to renegotiate or he would have been cut

  26. buckybadger says: Mar 12, 2014 12:30 PM

    Robinson will be the guy and if you are fantasy player he is a guy to look at. I play with a lot of Saints fans so I won’t get him but he will be their #1 back.

  27. mdd913 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:33 PM

    Kneel before Loomis.

  28. andreboy1 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:48 PM

    Donte Whitner sends his regards

  29. boisestatewhodat says: Mar 12, 2014 12:48 PM

    Say what you want but…The New Orleans Saints have one of, if the the best, front offices in all of football!

  30. pmars64 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:55 PM

    Thomas should retire a Saint. I’m glad both sides decided that he needs to stay. This guy never ever gives less than 110%. If I had to choose a Saints jersey to wear, his number would be on it. When he retires, I hope Payton brings him onto the coaching staff because he would be a great RB coach.

  31. myworldurjuslivinit says: Mar 12, 2014 1:15 PM

    “…after agreeing to a new contract.” = PAY CUT

  32. soundslikeatypicalbastard says: Mar 12, 2014 3:33 PM

    Mickey Loomis really pulled fast one this year. Made it look like the Saints were having a fire sale, generated tons of interest, then ended up trading one RB and cutting one WR who had already lost his job to a new guy. Really brilliant. It will be interesting to see what the Saints get for Sproles.

    For those asking about the Saints cap space, don’t worry. There are tons of options and Loomis appears to be a cap magician. They could cut a player (Bunkley ~$6M), they could restructure contracts as they did with Thomas, or they could take big contracts (Brees) and convert some of this year’s money to a signing bonus, spread out over future years. Consider that the cap will be increasing in future years and structuring the Byrd contract isn’t difficult at all. The signing of Graham will be tricky, but I don’t doubt Loomis.

    And, all the Saints haters should get ready for an instant replay next season, because about $10M in dead money will come off the books next season and the cap is increasing.

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