Thomas’ Future With Saints
Speaking of contact extensions, Thomas is currently making $20 million per season on a contract that has four more seasons remaining.
However, that didn’t stop the star receiver from being subject to trade rumors this season. This all stems from Thomas’ suspension, but I think there might be more to it than that. New Orleans is going to have to make a lot of cuts to clear salary, which will open roster holes.
To fill those holes, they’ll need draft picks, which they would get from a Thomas trade.
Honestly, this isn’t a bad process. New Orleans desperately needs cost-controlled contributors, and to do so, they need to have as much draft ammunition as possible. If a team offered two first-round picks for Thomas, it would be awfully difficult to decline.
In the end, it all comes down to the Saints’ direction moving forward. If they don’t expect to compete and are anticipating a teardown of the roster, then there is absolutely no reason keeping Thomas on the roster during his peak seasons.
Nevertheless, as we’ve gone over, he isn’t a player that can be replaced, so if they have any hopes of competing, then Thomas is the one player they cannot part ways with.