Thomas figures to be part of a rotating backfield. He was injured most of last season when he rushed for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns on 69 carries. He also caught 29 passes for 201 yard and a touchdown.
The Saints didn't give Thomas a signing bonus, but they structured the deal to include something similar. Thomas' base salary of $640,000 for this season is guaranteed, and he'll also get a $3.7 roster bonus. Unlike a lot of deals, this one isn't backloaded. His biggest salary-cap hit will come this year when his figure is $3.4 million.
In 2012, Thomas' base salary will jump to $2.16 million and $860,000 of that is guaranteed. He also has a $100.000 workout bonus, and his cap figure will be $2.6 million.
In 2013, Thomas' base salary will be $2.1 million. He'll also have a $300,000 roster bonus and a $100,000 workout bonus. His cap figure will be $2.5 million.
In 2014, the base salary will be $2.5 million. He has a $300,000 roster bonus and a $100,000 workout bonus. His cap figure will be $2.9 million.
The deal includes escalators in each of the final three years that could boost Thomas' base salaries.
Certain players like the Saints' Devery Henderson take a lot of criticism for dropped passes. The number of passes that a wide receiver drops is not a stat that is widely available, but I found a chart which allowed me to calculate a player's drops as a percentage of their targets.
Receiver Tm Drops Targets Drop % Rec. %
Marques Colston NO 6 130 4.6% 64.4%
Dwayne Bowe KC 6 131 4.6% 55.0%
Reggie Wayne IND 12 175 6.9% 63.4%
Brandon LaFell CAR 8 91 9.2% 50.0%