Number Two: Thomas Morstead
Thomas Morstead has been the focal point of the New Orleans Saints’ special teams unit since his arrival as a fifth-round pick by the team in 2009. Morstead has been a part of some of the biggest moments in Saints history, but will likely hang up the cleats if the team wins the Super Bowl this February.
Morstead is a candidate to be released this offseason in an effort to help the Saints acquire some additional cap space and it’s unlikely that Morstead would be willing to suit up for another organization.
Morstead may have his hand forced a little bit and although it is a bummer to lose a great, fan-favorite player like Morstead, the Saints need to focus on building for the future, and keeping a 34-year-old punter around isn’t part of that.
The Saints have Blake Gillikin on their practice squad who nearly beat out Thomas Morstead for the starting job this offseason who is likely to take the reigns after this season and be a nice replacement.
Morstead has built his roots in New Orleans and would likely choose to retire rather than suit up for a different team.