New Orleans Saints: Michael Thomas trade rumors don’t make any sense

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) - Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) - Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints have one reliable wide receiver on their roster heading into the 2021 season and for some reason, Michael Thomas is still being listed as someone who is on the trade block.

Sure, Thomas didn’t have a great 2020 season but injuries were to blame for that. We saw how badly the rest of the wide receivers did without him too so trading him seems like a horrible idea. Yet, it came up again, as Chris Roling of Bleacher Report listed Thomas as a player who needs to be on the trade block this year.

"Thomas, who just turned 28, has an out built into his contract after 2021 and three years under contract after that. A year ago, nagging injuries limited him to seven games and zero touchdowns, and onlookers such as The Athletic’s Larry Holder have already written about how Winston’s inaccuracy on slant routes could be a big problem for Thomas.If nothing else, the Saints should keep Thomas on the block in hope of a monster offer. It’s probably not what the majority of Saints fans want to see right after losing Brees, but it might benefit the team most over the long term."

The only way I’d be on board for New Orleans considering trading Thomas is if the Saints crash and burn this season in their first year of the post-Drew Brees era. In that situation, they could trade Thomas and get draft picks, maybe another player, and most importantly, they’d have a better financial situation moving forward.

If, however, the Saints are competitive this year and Thomas is playing well, there’s no reason to trade him. He’s one of the best receivers in the league and is just two years removed from going off the rails with 1,725 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. There’s no reason to think Thomas can’t put up big numbers again in 2021, especially with a quarterback like Jameis Winston who loves to air out the football.

Trading Michael Thomas should not be an option for the New Orleans Saints.

Without Thomas, the Saints’ only true offensive threat is Alvin Kamara and it’ll be a lot easier for defenses to shut him down when they know most of the production will be coming from him. The Saints obviously hope to see more out of former third-round pick Tre’Quan Smith, especially in a contract year, but who knows if that actually happens.

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Thomas is the only dependable wide receiver on the Saints’ roster and that’s precisely why the team shouldn’t consider trading him unless the season goes south in a hurry.