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Pierre Thomas | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/18/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 215
College: Illinois
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Free agent Pierre Thomas reportedly turned down an $870,000 contract offer from the Texans last week.
Thomas is betting on Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk failing to impress over the next couple weeks. At that point, the Texans could revisit talks and pay Thomas a little more than the veteran minimum. It's a risky stance for a 30-year-old back who hasn't garnered much interest since the Saints released him in March. Aug 13 - 9:14 AM

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The Texans could revisit talks with free agent RB Pierre Thomas.

Thomas turned down a veteran-minimum deal, but could still be signed if Houston increases their offer. The Texans are prepared to move forward with Chris Polk, Alfred Blue, Jonathan Grimes, and Kenny Hilliard competing for early-season carries. Thomas is open to playing for less than $2 million.
Aug 5 - 6:27 PM

Updating a previous item, free agent Pierre Thomas' agent said Thomas will not be signing with the Texans.

It was reported earlier Wednesday that Thomas would be signing the dotted line with the Texans. But according to Thomas' agent, Lamont Smith, the two sides "were unable to agree to terms." It's highly likely the Texans were offering Thomas the veteran's minimum, while Thomas' camp feels he's worth more.
Aug 5 - 12:42 PM

The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Texans plan to sign free agent RB Pierre Thomas following Wednesday's "successful" tryout.

Thomas would've had to look extremely out of shape to not land a contract. The 30-year-old was cut by the Saints back in March and drew minimal interest before the Texans came calling following Arian Foster's "major" groin injury Tuesday. Thomas likely won't be much of a factor running the ball if he makes the team, but he has averaged over 400 yards receiving the past four years.
Aug 5 - 11:31 AM

If all goes well at Wednesday's tryout, the Texans are hoping to have Pierre Thomas participate in Thursday's joint practice in Richmond, Virginia.

The Texans are slated to practice with the Redskins Thursday through Saturday. It would be a quick turnaround for Thomas, who is traveling to Houston on Tuesday night. Thomas hasn't rushed for more than 600 yards since 2009 but he's made up for it by averaging 418 receiving yards over his last four seasons. Arian Foster is expected to miss at least the first eight games of the regular season while recovering from groin surgery.
Aug 4 - 9:26 PM

Free agent Pierre Thomas will work out for the Texans on Wednesday.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Texans hope to sign Thomas if "all is well." It's the first domino to fall following Tuesday's news that Arian Foster requires groin surgery. Thomas would be a passing-down back in a committee backfield for coach Bill O'Brien. Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and perhaps Jonathan Grimes would battle it out on early downs. Grimes is also an option in the passing game. In theory, Ray Rice's every-down skill-set would make him a better flier than Thomas, but perhaps he lost another step in 2014 following his down 2013. Rice would also come with a public relations hit.
Aug 4 - 6:47 PM

The Redskins have dropped out of the hunt for free agent Pierre Thomas.

The Skins seem to envision third-round pick Matt Jones as their new third-down back behind Alfred Morris. They also have Silas Reed, a good pass blocker whom the coaching staff apparently likes. Washington showed interest in Thomas in early April. The 30-year-old should be available for the vet minimum.
May 5 - 6:31 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss mentions free agent RB Pierre Thomas as a possible fit for the Patriots.

Only the Redskins have been connected to Thomas since he was released by the Saints last month. The 30-year-old makes plenty of sense for New England as a Shane Vereen replacement. Thomas can pick up the blitz and catch the ball out of the backfield. He'll very likely come cheap at close to $1 million.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 3 - 9:39 AM

A source tells ESPN the Redskins have expressed interest in free agent RB Pierre Thomas.

The Redskins are in the market for a third-down back now that Roy Helu is a Raider. In-house candidates include Chris Thompson and Silas Redd, but an upgrade via free agency or the draft is likely. Despite being on the wrong side of 30 years old, Thomas could be a cheap stopgap option that will probably still be available after the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 2 - 12:29 PM

If the Ravens aren't able to re-sign free agent Justin Forsett, the focus could shift to Pierre Thomas.

Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman has always valued running backs who can catch passes (Matt Forte and Charlie Garner), and Thomas certainly fits that mold. The 30-year-old still has plenty of juice left after averaging a robust 4.9 yards per carry last season. New Orleans' decision to cut Thomas had more to do with dollars than his performance.
Mar 10 - 12:43 PM

Saints released RB Pierre Thomas.

The Saints begin the difficult process of cutting veterans amid their salary-cap nightmare. Currently about $20 million over the cap, the Saints save just $1.735 million with this move. Thomas took a pay cut last offseason and went on to total 600 yards with three TDs on 90 touches. At age 30, he now joins a flooded running-back market. An obvious product of Sean Payton's system, Thomas would do well to command $2 million per year as a passing-game specialist. The Saints have an in-house replacement option in Travaris Cadet.
Mar 4 - 4:16 PM

Saints placed RB Pierre Thomas (ribs) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Teams can place players on I.R. with minor injuries this time of year if they have no playoff hopes. The Saints were eliminated from the postseason hunt when they lost to the Falcons in Week 16. Thomas endured an injury-plagued 2014 season. He turned 30 earlier this month and is signed cheaply through 2016.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 02:49:00 PM

Pierre Thomas (ribs) remained sidelined Thursday.

With the Saints eliminated from the playoff picture, Thomas is looking very shaky for Sunday's meaningless finale. His status will be updated on Friday, but he'll most likely be held out for Week 17.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 06:40:00 PM

Pierre Thomas did not practice Wednesday due to a rib injury.

When Thomas left the Week 16 loss to the Falcons early, it was announced as a foot injury. Now he's listed with a rib issue. Regardless, we should consider Thomas very questionable for Sunday's meaningless game at Tampa. His absence would upgrade the situation for Mark Ingram and give Khiry Robinson a shot at a few extra touches.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Pierre Thomas exited Week 16 against the Falcons with a foot injury.

Thomas is out for the game. It is unclear when the injury occurred. Thomas' final touch of the game was a 16-yard screen catch in the middle of the first quarter. He did not appear to injury himself on the play. With Travaris Cadet inactive, Mark Ingram could see a bump in pass-game usage. Khiry Robinson will see a bump in snaps as well.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 02:32:00 PM

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