The New Orleans Saints need to find help Michael Thomas some help this offseason, and veteran Demaryius Thomas could be the ideal addition.
There’s no denying the New Orleans Saints had struggled to find open receivers aside from Michael Thomas.
Ted Ginn Jr., Tre’Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood, when they were on the field, just didn’t get the job done. Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater or Taysom Hill were left throwing to arguably the league’s best receiver, Michael Thomas.
Thomas racked up an insane 149 receptions, an NFL record. He was the league’s leader last season with 125 and went out and crushed that record. He also totaled the most receiving yards in the league, notching 1,725.
It wasn’t by design that Thomas was that involved in the offense. However, players like Smith, Kirkwood, Austin Carr and even Alvin Kamara at times didn’t step up to the plate. It left quarterbacks throwing to their trusty superstar.
That said, another Thomas is hitting the open market and could solve the team’s issues.
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Demaryius signed with the Jets for just under $3 million after spending last season with the Texans and Broncos. Now, he’ll be a free agent and likely just looking to find a winning culture for his remaining few years as a player.
Thomas had 58 targets and 36 receptions, playing as the second or third target for the Sam Darnold-led Jets. While the Saints could find a better talent in the draft, they have bigger holes to fix as they’re lacking a second-round pick.
A proven record of excellence, Thomas has four Pro Bowls and five 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. He’s been a top-notch professional and reliable receiver in the league, although struggling with injuries at points last season.
32, Thomas’ decline has certainly already started, but the Saints won’t be asking him to be an every-down receiver, just one that will help create chances beside Thomas. He can still do that with the right man under center.
The one elite receiver will likely not be sought after this offseason, and the Saints should hop on the low-cost, low-ceiling signing.