Michelle Southern reporting.
Sources say the New Orleans Saints have released running back Pierre Thomas from the team. The 30-year-old will save the Black and Gold $1.7 million dollars against the salary cap. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says it's a heart breaking move, but not really a surprise.
"He's getting up in age and I think with running backs you almost have that philosophy that you'd rather get rid of him a year too early rather than a year too late," said Detillier.
New Orleans needs to continue to move or lay-off some players by March 10th to get below the salary cap.
Detillier says Thomas, who's spent all of his 8 seasons with the team, gave New Orleans the screen game back like no one since Dalton Hilliard.
He says what the Saints will really miss is his pass protection skills.
"But, you know what? In the NFL it never lasts forever and it rarely ends storybook with one team," said Detillier.
Thomas complied 3,745 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns on 187 carries for New Orleans.
He was a key component in the Saints Super Bowl win.
Detillier says you could argue Thomas was the best undrafted free agent in the Sean Payton era.
He says the fans love him and he's very active with the community and quick to speak to the media, but this is about winning games.
"But like in every profession you get old," said Detillier. "And I think that Pierre has a lot of life in him but in this day and age it's all much you can produce and how much they're paying you."