Saints, Pierre Thomas nowhere near on a contract

The New Orleans Saints have lowballed running back Pierre Thomas with a contract offer, according to a report by the Associated Press, and the sides remain far apart on a possible longterm extension.

Per the story, the Saints have not offered Thomas as much as the $11 million, three-year offer that fullback Leonard Weaver received from the Philadelphia Eagles. How or why Thomas is being compared to Weaver isn’t known. It’s also unknown how much Thomas is seeking, but surely he’s looking for something North of $4 million annually.

“The Saints have refused to negotiate with us. They've given us one proposal,” Thomas’ agent Lamont Smith said. "Pierre made the NFL minimum (salary) the last three years and was their leading rusher the last two. He made all the plays necessary. ... He's done all the right things. He played his (first) contract out."

New Orleans general manager Mickey Loomis indicated the sides are “far apart” and you have to wonder if that gap will be closed over the summer or if the Saints will have a disgruntled running back who was tendered for $1.7 million as a restricted free agent in training camp.

Thomas has missed portions of the voluntary offseason workout program and minicamp after he’s been one of the key figured for the offense. He led the team with 793 rushing yards and six touchdowns last season. He has not signed his RFA tender and the possibility exists he will not.

"The reality is with running backs, he's in the prime of his career," Smith said of Thomas. "Running backs have some of the shortest careers in the NFL and are often let go after they're 30. If he doesn't get a big contract when he's in the prime of his career, then when does he get security?"

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