Source: 49ers sign former Saints running back Pierre Thomas

The San Francisco 49ers are signing former New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas following a successful tryout according to sources with knowledge of the situation who weren't authorized to speak publicly. Thomas was cut in March by the Saints one year into a two-year, $2.404 million contract extension that included a $1.245 million signing bonus. A former undrafted free agent from Illinois, Thomas is an Illinois native who rushed for 2,545 career yards in college with 57 receptions for 411 yards and three touchdowns. Although he was snubbed when it came to invitations for the NFL scouting combine, Thomas has forged a solid NFL career. In eight NFL seasons, Thomas has rushed for 3,745 yards and 28 touchdowns while averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Considered an all-around runner with solid mobility at 5-11 and 215 pounds, Thomas has also caught 327 career passes for 2,608 yards and a dozen touchdowns. Thomas rushed for only 222 yards and two touchdowns last season in 11 games, but he averaged 4.9 yards per carry. He also caught 45 passes for 378 yards. Thomas led the Saints in rushing in 2008 (625 yards) 2009 (793 yards) and 2013 (549 yards). In 2013, he caught 77 passes for 513 yards and three touchdowns. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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