Washington Redskins sign running back Pierre Thomas


The Washington Redskins, still fighting to win the NFL East this season, have added a veteran to their roster.

In the middle of a battle to win the NFC East, the Washington Redskins made a move on Friday to add a veteran to the backfield by signing free agent running back Pierre Thomas. To clear room on the roster the team placed defensive end Stephen Paea on injured reserve.

Washington Post Redskins beat writer Mike Jones sent the news out on Twitter.

Thomas, a nine-year NFL veteran spent eight seasons in New Orleans before being let go this offseason. Washington is his second team this year, having played one game for the 49ers earlier this season. He had some productive seasons for the Saints and became known as a receiver out of the backfield, putting up nearly 1,500 receiving yards in his career.

The Redskins already have a crowded backfield with Albert Morris and rookie Matt Jones, but likely added Thomas for leadership and depth. Chris Thompson, who has been a great pass-catcher out of the backfield is suffering from an injured shoulder and his current status is unknown.

Washington is currently in a three-way tie for the division lead despite having a record of 5-7.