Saints agree to contracts with Hartley and Thomas

Saints agree to contracts with Hartley and Thomas
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POSTED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 4:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 4:38pm

NEW ORLEANS, La  -

SAINTS AGREE TO FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT WITH RB PIERRE THOMAS

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Thursday that the club has agreed to terms on a four-year contract with running back Pierre Thomas.

Thomas joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2007, signing with the team out of the University of Illinois and has led the club in rushing over that four-year period, gaining 1,939 yards with 18 rushing touchdowns in 47 regular season games, 15 of them starts. The 5-11, 215-pound runner has also caught 116 passes for 938 yards and six additional scores and averaged 24.4 yards on 75 kickoff returns. He scored his first career touchdown in 2007 by returning a fumble on special teams for a score.

Thomas, 26, was limited to just six games in 2010 due to an ankle injury and ran for 269 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

He featured prominently in the team’s postseason run following the 2009 season, playing in all three games and running for 143 yards and a touchdown. Additionally, he caught 12 passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, including a 16-yard score on a screen pass in the third quarter of the Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV.

SAINTS AGREE TO TERMS ON FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH KICKER GARRETT HARTLEY

The New Orleans Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced today the club has agreed to terms on a five-year contract with kicker Garrett Hartley. Financial terms of the agreement were undisclosed.

Hartley, 24, has spent three seasons with the Saints after being signed as a free agent in 2008. In 2010, the product of the University of Oklahoma converted 20-of-25 field goal attempts, with the longest one coming from 52 yards (career-long), and he was 40-for-40 in extra-point attempts.

For his career in regular season play, the Texas native has played in 27 games and converted 42-of-49 field goal attempts for a conversion rate of 85.7%, and 78-of-79 extra points (98.7%) for a combined point total of 204 points. In postseason play Hartley has played in four career games, making all eight of his field goal attempts, as well as converting all 15 of his extra point attempts. He also owns the team record for most points scored in the postseason (39 points).

In 2010, he helped the Saints capture Super Bowl XLIV by becoming the first kicker in Super Bowl history to convert three field goals of 40 yards or more in the game. Hartley helped the team advance to that game by converting a 40-yard field goal in overtime against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Conference Championship game.

 

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