Report: Patriots, Saints Came Close to Pierre Thomas Trade
According to the NewOrleans.com, the Saints almost sent Thomas to New England at the trade deadline for an unspecified cornerback.
It's hard to see how the trade could have happened, as Thomas was sidelined with a sprained ankle at the trade deadline -- the same injury that is still sidelining him now. But it does seem to make some sense -- New England could have added another running back to its rather crowded, but relatively average, running back corps, while New Orleans has been dealing with numerous cornerback injuries all season.
The NewOrleans.com report says that word on this possible deal came out of Foxborough, Mass., but it's hard to know if we can take that at face value. How would a New Orleans beat writer get the info on this from the notoriously secretive Patriots front office, especially when no Patriots beat writer had managed to get this scoop? It's possible this is a story floated by someone in the Saints front office to try to light a fire under Thomas.
The Saints have some rather compelling reasons to try to inspire Thomas. He's missed five games as he tries to recover from a sprained ankle -- doctors say that there is no ligament damage but Thomas continues to feel pain. Normally, sprained ankles are a three-to-four week injury, but Thomas shows no signs of being back anytime soon.