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Saints News, 3/5/15: Releasing Thomas Only Makes Sense If Saints Plan To Spend On RB

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From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: To me, this signals that the Saints might be planning to pony up and re-sign free agent Mark Ingram – something I was speculating as a possibility even before Thomas got released. If the Saints bring back Ingram, Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet or a mid-round draft pick next year, then sure, Thomas is expendable. Or if they lose Ingram, maybe they like another mid-level free agent such as Shane Vereen or C.J. Spiller. Or even Reggie Bush. There are bargains to be had all over the flooded free-agent running back market right now. One way or another, I have to imagine the Saints have a plan in place for filling up a running back cupboard that is suddenly going bare for the first time in the Sean Payton-Mickey Loomis era.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tbt?src=hash">#tbt</a> The Chicks interview with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PierreThomas?src=hash">#PierreThomas</a> the year the Saints went on their amazing Super Bowl run. Love you... <a href="http://t.co/3w6z1jwlHz">http://t.co/3w6z1jwlHz</a></p>&mdash; Nola Chick (@chicksndahuddle) <a href="https://twitter.com/chicksndahuddle/status/573500574575939584">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mike Ditka loses &quot;the light of his life.&quot; Charlotte was a special lady who gave a gift to all who love football. <a href="http://t.co/Q1T6X8ciev">http://t.co/Q1T6X8ciev</a></p>&mdash; Dan Pompei (@danpompei) <a href="https://twitter.com/danpompei/status/573502795740942336">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Rob Ryan will probably box out every other coach from talking to Vic Beasley at Clemson pro day. He may kidnap him.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/573494446316257281">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> restructure Jairus Byrd deal, save $4.8 million in cap space <a href="http://t.co/hxKRGtANSY">http://t.co/hxKRGtANSY</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/573491615718711296">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>So $4.8 million in cap space just like that with a Jairus Byrd bonus conversion. Moves Saints closer to $15 mil over. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/loomismath?src=hash">#loomismath</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/573489872473833472">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Graham, Galette and Lofton are all candidates for the roster bonus conversions... Id expect it from Graham soon.</p>&mdash; Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanFazende/status/573488083137523712">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Pats once again prove they&#39;d rather move from a player a year too early than a year too late.</p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/573488787864616961">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Patriots save $8 million on the cap by declining Wilfork&#39;s option. So that moves them closer to getting under.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/573488586101669888">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Morning guys ... Please read below this will be my only statement <a href="http://t.co/gClv03hqet">pic.twitter.com/gClv03hqet</a></p>&mdash; Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) <a href="https://twitter.com/wilfork75/status/573482158439940096">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source: Saints clear $4.8M of cap space by converting Jairus Byrd&#39;s $6M roster bonus to signing bonus. His cap # drops from $10.3M to $5.5M.</p>&mdash; Field Yates (@FieldYates) <a href="https://twitter.com/FieldYates/status/573462527897661440">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>A Requiem for Pierre Thomas.&#10;&#10;He played for keeps.&#10;&#10;Fin.</p>&mdash; Sean Orleans (@hakimdropsball) <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball/status/573344178295349248">March 5, 2015</a></blockquote>

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