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NFL Rumors: Pierre Thomas’s Options

A few weeks back Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune discussed the future of Saints running back Pierre Thomas.

A source explained that the Saints offered Thomas a four year deal in the range of $11 million but he was looking for something closer to Michael Turners $34.5 million over six years or at least Derrick Wards deal that he signed with Tampa Bay which was $17 million for four years.

While Thomas has shown that he can be productive at times and can be useful in the receiving game, he has yet to eclipse the 1000 yard mark in any of his first four seasons. It’s worth noting that Michael Turner had never had more than 500 yards rushing during his time in San Diego but the real issue is that Thomas is not seen as the talent that Turner is which is why a similar contract seems  far-fetched at this point.

If the Saints decide to reallocate the money that they were going to spend on Thomas to other positions of need, Thomas would have some options on the free agent market. Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald suggests that the Patriots could be interested in bring him in to add some depth. The Dolphins have been linked to any and every running back option because of the likelihood that they end up without one or both of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Another option could be the Redskins because Mike Shanahans tendency to go with a number of capable backs.