Last offseason the New Orleans Saints signed Michael Thomas to a massive, nine-figure extension. Now, some insiders believe they may trade him.
Coming off an Offensive Player of the Year campaign, Saints’ superstar Michael Thomas has played just one game this season.
He’s been both injured with a high-ankle sprain and disruptive during practice. Having punched a teammate in practice, the Saints suspended him for that yet some speculate that he may not have been at full strength anyway.
Combine the two, and you may get a coaching staff that’s fed up. While the rumors don’t feel too backed and have yet to be confirmed by ESPN or other outlets, apparently some in league circle believe the team could deal the NFL’s best receiver.
“Some in league circles believe that the Saints could be willing to move him, and/or that Thomas could be interested in moving,” Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote. He also noted the Saints would have massive cap implications for dealing Thomas.
Thomas was out of practice on Thursday as he’s also nursing a hamstring injury. There’s quite a bit going on with the star, but he should return in Week 8 if not against the Carolina Panthers this coming week.
That said, the thought of trading the league’s best receiver is outlandish, but to be fair, we did see DeAndre Hopkins dealt this past offseason.
The Saints have made trades in the past, but this isn’t something that seems to be within their culture as a team. Thomas is a staple of the team’s offense, and he shouldn’t be on the trading block.
The Saints will have the assets to be sellers at the deadline if they want. When I say sellers, they may trade players like Sheldon Rankins or Jameis Winston. I wouldn’t expect any huge move from New Orleans.
While their 3-2 may not be what they wanted to start the season, their current roster is still among the best in the league.