Saints, Thomas agree to four-year pact

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METAIRIE, LA - The New Orleans Saints and running back Pierre Thomas agreed to a four-year pact on Thursday.

Per team policy, no terms of the deal were released, but the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that sources indicate it is worth $12 million.

Thomas had his 2010 season derailed due to ankle issues which eventually led to surgery. He racked up just 269 yards and two touchdowns on 83 attempts, with 29 catches for 201 yards in six games.

Since joining New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois in 2007, the Chicago native has compiled 1,939 yards and 18 scores on 411 carries. He has added 116 receptions for 938 yards and six scores.

Thomas enjoyed a breakout year in 2009, helping the Saints win their first Super Bowl with 793 rushing yards and 302 yards receiving. In three playoff games, he posted 143 yards on the ground with 12 catches for 111 yards, including a TD reception in the title-game win over Indianapolis.

The move to lock up the 26-year-old was made several hours before the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.


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