When you think about stars that could potentially be on the move this offseason, is Saints’ wide receiver Michael Thomas considered one of those?
According to an article written by NFL.com analyst Adam Rank, Saints superstar receiver Michael Thomas is on the list of players that Rank believes should be moved to a new team at some point during this upcoming offseason.
While Michael Thomas has verbally taken the blame for the losses last season. It was a shock to the world how bad he actually played. After coming off of a historic NFL season in 2019, Thomas was a mere shadow of himself during the 2020 season.
As Rank discusses in his article, because of the Saints being in “salary cap hell” the team would need to wait until the post-June 1 date to trade Thomas because of his 2021 dead cap ramifications. If they trade him post-6/1, they can push some of that dead cap onto 2022.
However, the biggest question mark is what Thomas is worth. Who would be willing to give up that type of capital for him? Thomas is only 28, which means that his prime is still there and thriving. He could boost any team that wants him.
The best suitor I believe for Thomas is the New York Jets. The Jets have two first-round picks and could afford to deal with one of them. They also have a big-name quarterback that has been rumored to be on the move this offseason as well.
If the Jets were to offer something in the ballpark of their 2022 first-round pick and Sam Darnold, then the Saints would have a potentially high draft spot next year and they acquire a quarterback that Sean Payton could take and mold for the foreseeable future.
The other two teams that have enough draft capital and salary cap to make Michael Thomas worth an add would be the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins. However, the price for Thomas is still going to remain similar to what it was with the Jets.