They were focused on being fiscally responsible, rewarding their own and avoiding signing any big-ticket outside free agents.
The Saints signed running back Latavius Murray to a deal this week and effectively brought Ingram's time in New Orleans to an end.
It's not earth-shattering money, yet still a healthy deal for a running back who will turn 30 this season and has more than 1,300 career carries. Along with fellow 2010 draft pick Kam Chancellor, as well as cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, Thomas was part of the original "Legion of Boom" secondary that helped lead the Seahawks to unprecedented heights.
Thomas missed all but four games last season after suffering a broken leg against the Arizona Cardinals in September.
Last season, Murray rushed 140 times for 578 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games with a yards-per-carry average of 4.1. But they have to wait until 3 p.m. central when the new National Football League fiscal year rolls over, just like every other team.
During his two years with Minnesota, Murray played in all 32 regular season games where he gained 1,420 yards on the ground and ran for 14 touchdowns while adding 244 yards through the air.
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