The New Orleans Saints have released veteran running back Pierre Thomas.
Thomas has spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Saints. New Orleans signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois in 2007.
The 30-year-old has played in 105 games in his career, making 38 starts. Last season, he had career-lows in carries (45) and rushing yards (222) to go along with two rushing touchdowns. He also added 378 receiving yards, making three starts and playing in 11 games total.
In 2009, Thomas ran for six touchdowns and a career-high 793 yards to help the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans' first-string running back, is set to become a free agent next week.
- Molly Geary