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By PFW staff

The Saints have signed RB Pierre Thomas to a four-year deal.

Thomas, who played in six games with three starts in 2010 because of an ankle injury, had surgery on that ankle in January. He rushed for 269 yards after leading the team in their 2009 Super Bowl season with 793 rushing yards.

The fifth-year back had received a tender offer earlier this week. This could be the last chance the Saints would have to sign him to a long-term deal, as the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The way we see it

During the season, it appeared that the Saints would be parting ways with Thomas. There were reports that head coach Sean Payton was frustrated with Thomas' slow recovery from injury, and the two sides couldn't come to an agreement on a long-term deal last offseason. Thomas skipped voluntary and some mandatory activities last offseason to express his frustration with his contract situation.

When healthy, Thomas is a versatile back and he could reclaim the starting job in a backfield that could include Reggie Bush, who might have to take a pay cut to stay with the team, and Chris Ivory, who is coming off a Lisfranc injury.

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