Originally written on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 6/20/12

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 2: Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints leaves the field after his teams 35-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the game at the Louisiana Superdome on November 2, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
I have been a Pierre Thomas supporter since his break out game in 2007, but I believe itis best for the Saints to break free from him soon. Although he is coming off a very productive year last season, there are many factors that scare me going into the future with Pierre Thomas.The biggest and scariest was the concussion he sustained during the 49ers game. After one concussion, it is very easy to get another and this is what scares me. Thomas was knocked out cold after a hit by Donta Whitner, and that’s not a good sign at all. I know it was last season, but concussions are no joke. He is in the prime of his career, but I believe this year will be different. I have a strong feeling that he will sustain another concussion this season, and he won’t be as effective as in the past.

By living in the Philadelphia area, I watched the same thing happen to Brian Westbrook. Westbrook and Thomas have extremely similar roles on offense, and Thomas is just about the same age when Westbrook sustained his first concussion.Then another happened. Where’s he now? Sitting at home, doing the same thing I am, watching games on Sunday.

Why not trade Thomas while the opportunity is available? Thomas’ is also getting older. Even though he is only 27, the golden age for a running back’s downfall is 30. As each day passes, his value on the trade market is decreasing and I strongly think the Saints should move him now while they can. He has shown that he can handle being a primary back, and can take a leadership role in an offense. I don’t think his departure would affect the Saints backfield dramatically in the long run. The Saints have a nice young backfield consisting of Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, and Chris Ivory. I know that Sproles is a year older than Thomas, but he doesn’t get hit as often, or as hard. Thomas is used in almost every situation, and that includes pounding the hole. It just scares me that he won’t be effective very soon and change needs to happen.

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