The Washington Redskins are still planning to add free agent running back Pierre Thomas, according to latest NFL rumors. Thomas played last year in Washington but the Redskins did not extend him after hitting free agency. Washington has starting running back Matt Jones but needs a backup at the position.
The Redskins are reportedly still interested in bringing back Thomas but only “at the right price”, according to ESPN’s John Kiem last August. On Saturday, Kiem again reported that both sides remain “in contact” for a possible deal.
Thomas will likely get a cheap deal if he signs with the Redskins. He played just four games last year registering 52 rushing yards on 11 attempts and 84 receiving yards on nine receptions.
The 23-year-old Jones will be the first option at running back for the 49ers after sharing playing time with Alfred Morris last season. Jones will get more of the workload but Thomas will be a good third down option, according to analysts.
Thomas has no option but to settle for a cheap deal with Washington or another NFL team. Thomas is not mentioned in NFL rumors with no reports of other squads trying to get the veteran running back. Thomas has played for the New Orleans Saints from 2007 to 2014, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins in 2015.
If the Washington Redskins won’t sign Thomas, Washington is expected to target other free agent RBs like Ahmad Bradshaw, Donald Brown, Ronnie Hillman, Karlos Williams, David Cobb and Joique Bell.