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Mar 12, 2014 12:24 PM by Dave Fields

Saints sign RB Pierre Thomas to two-year extension

As of Wednesday morning, the New Orleans Saints now confirm that RB Pierre Thomas and the club have agreed to a two-year extension, according to team spokesman Greg Bensel.

New Orleans affiliate WDSU first broke the story and has provided additional confirmation that the team has re-signed Thomas to a two year deal.

It had been rumored since last Thursday, that Thomas, who was bestowed by his teammates with the New Orleans Saints 2013 Man of the Year award, either may be on the ballclub's trading block or may soon to be released by the team. Thomas also was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

The veteran Saints running back joined the team in 2007 as an undrafted free agent, working his way into the starting lineup with a hard-nosed running style widely appreciated by the Saints fan base.

Prior to the weekend, Thomas had hinted on twitter, in response to questions about his iCAN Foundation, that he would be "staying without a doubt", but the team had not yet confirmed Thomas's status at that time.

The agreement with Thomas, sometimes called "PT Bruiser" by adoring Saints fans, comes with a collective sigh of relief for fans of the Whodat Nation, who recently had witnessed the departure of numerous long-time veterans from the team.

Thomas, a fan favorite in New Orleans, is well known for having scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl XLIV. Thomas's first touchdown ever as a Saint actually was on a defensive special teams play, when he scooped up a loose fumble and scampered for a score.

Thomas, a record-setting running back from the University of Illinois, also is the first player in a Saints history to achieve both 100-yards in receiving and in rushing during a single game. That game, coincidentally, was against his hometown Chicago Bears.

 

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