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Pierre Thomas' new three-year deal is worth $6.9 million.

Thomas agreed to a slight pay cut for 2014, seeing his total compensation slip from $2.9 million to $2.4 million. It's fully guaranteed, however. Going on 30, there's no guarantee Thomas will remain in New Orleans beyond 2014, but the price will be right if he has another strong year.

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Saints signed RB Pierre Thomas to a two-year extension through 2016.

The Saints dangled Thomas in trade talks, but wound up using this extension to lower his cap number instead. Expect a reduced role in 2014 as Khiry Robinson and Mark Ingram ascend. Thomas, 29, finished 2013 with 147 carries for 549 yards (3.7 YPC) and two touchdowns, adding 77 receptions. He'll remain a low-ceiling, late-round flier in re-draft leagues. Robinson offers the most upside.

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Pierre Thomas' agent tweeted Thomas' relationship with the Saints was "status quo."

Free agent S Malcolm Jenkins sent out a tweet suggesting Thomas has been let go early Saturday, but that appears to have been premature. Either way, Thomas future with the Saints is murky at best, and it would be surprising if he begins 2014 in New Orleans.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Saints are "shopping" Pierre Thomas and Lance Moore, and "could be open" to dealing Darren Sproles.

The Saints need to clear cap space, and offloading Thomas and Moore would free up more than $5 million. Trading Thomas ahead of his age-30 season would also help clear the logjam in New Orleans' backfield. Thomas has been considered a candidate for release because of his $2.9 million cap number/salary, but he was by far the Saints most effective back in 2013. 2014 is the final year of his contract, so he could definitely draw some trade interest.

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Pierre Thomas' agent says he's discussed Thomas' Saints future with the team.

However, Thomas' rep wouldn't comment on the details. Thomas is considered a candidate for release because the Saints could cut him loose and recoup the entirety of his $2.9 salary against the cap. There would be no dead money. Thomas was a huge part of the Saints' offense last season. Although he's going on 30, he wouldn't hurt for suitors on the open market.

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ESPN lists Pierre Thomas as a candidate for a pay cut or release.

It would be a little bit of a surprise if Thomas is cut as he's owed a reasonable $2.9 million. The multi-purpose back was a major part of the league's No. 4 offense in 2013, leading the Saints in carries (147), rushing yards (549) and ranking second in receptions (77). Thomas brings a versatile element to the scheme that Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Khiry Robinson can't.

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Pierre Thomas (chest) is inactive for Saturday's Divisional Round game at Seattle.

The Saints will turn to Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles in Thomas' absence. Although New Orleans pulled out a Wild Card win over Philly without him, losing Thomas is a blow due to his versatility. He's also the Saints' best early-down runner. The rest of New Orleans' inactives are QB Ryan Griffin, CB Terrence Frederick, S Jordan Pugh, LB Rufus Johnson, DT Tyrunn Walker, and WR Nick Toon.

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ESPN Saints blogger Mike Triplett writes it's "hard to predict" whether Pierre Thomas (questionable, chest) will play Saturday at Seattle.

Thomas was limited in Thursday's practice, and then limited in Friday's pre-game walkthrough, which wasn't really a practice. Triplett says "conventional wisdom" suggests the Saints will hold Thomas out one more game due to their running back depth, but ultimately he's expected to be a game-time decision. Daily fantasy leaguers will want to monitor this situation into Saturday.

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Pierre Thomas (chest) is listed as questionable for Saturday's Divisional Round game at Seattle.

He was limited in practice on both Thursday and Friday. Thomas is shaping up as a game-time decision, though signs have pointed toward him missing this game. Still, he has a chance. If Thomas is active, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles would become far less interesting fantasy plays on FanDuel.

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Pierre Thomas (chest) returned to Saints practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

It's Thomas' first practice of any kind since going down with an unknown "chest" ailment in Week 17. It at least gives him a shot at suiting up on Saturday in Seattle, but it still seems unlikely. Thomas' status will be updated on Friday.