Pierre Thomas, the Saints primary rushing threat the last two seasons, is currently not attending any team activities in hopes of sparking contract talks for a new and lucrative multi-year extension.
It’s being reported that the deal Thomas is seeking from the Saints is equivalent to the extension the Rams gave Steven Jackson in 2007, a six year deal worth at maximum 49.3M with 21M in guaranteed money.
Thomas’ request has successfully grinded contract talks to a halt as that price may be difficult to reach with players like Drew Brees, Jammal Brown and Roman Harper all looking for new deals.
On top of that Thomas’ production does not rival that of Jackson’s as he has rushed for 1000 yards or more in 5 of his 6 seasons where Thomas’ career high is 793 yards in 2009.
Although he is a huge contributor to the Saints rushing attack you can argue his production does not warrant the eye popping type deal Jackson received.
For now it looks like both sides are at an impasse and the deal both were hoping to get done quickly won’t get done at all, or at least until Pierre decides to lower his rate.