METAIRIE, LA (WAFB) - The New Orleans Saints signed running back Pierre Thomas and kicker Garrett Hartley to new deals Thursday, while former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey is headed off to Carolina.
Thomas signed a four-year deal said to be worth $12 million, tripling his salary from a season ago. Thomas was held down by an ankle injury in 2010, which saw him play in only six games where he had only 262 rushing yards and two touchdowns. If healthy, the Saints should have a loaded backfield with Thomas, Reggie Bush and Chris Ivory.
Hartley signed a five-year deal but the terms of his contract were not released. Hartley was 20-25 in field goal attempts. He struggled from 39 yards or closer, as he missed four attempts, including a 29-yard field that would have won the game for the Saints in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons. From 39 yards and out, he was eight of nine.
Remember, this is the same guy who made the game-winning field goal in the NFC Championship game against the Minnesota Vikings in the 2009 season. He became the first NFL kicker to connect on three field goals of 40-plus yards in a Super Bowl.
Shockey has made it clear he will sign a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. He tweeted a link to his Facebook page, where he said, "Looks like I'm signing with Carolina. Time for the Next chapter. This is a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to play football. Let's hope we all have the chance to play this season."
In three seasons with the Saints, he caught 139 passes for over 1,400 yards and three touchdowns.