Tip Sheet notes: Pierre too pricey?

By Len Pasquarelli

The two sides might still hammer out a long-term deal, but word from sources close to the negotiations is that the contract desires of tailback “Pricey Pierre” Thomas approximate money in the Steven Jackson range, and that level of compensation might be a little too steep for New Orleans Saints officials. Especially for a guy who, in three seasons, has never started more than six games and never rushed for more than the 793 yards he gained in 2009. Thomas is a terrific back, particularly in the three-tailback rotation the Saints employed in their Super Bowl year, but for now at least, negotiations aimed at a long-term contract have broken down.

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