There’s been buzz all offseason about the New Orleans Saints potentially trading star wide receiver Michael Thomas and this only intensified when the news about his injury surfaced last month. Thomas’ response didn’t help the situation.
While things have simmered down between the two recently, there’s still a real possibility that the Saints cut ties with Thomas and trade him at some point this year.
Bleacher Report made six bold trade predictions for the 2021 NFL season and they predicted New Orleans would send Thomas to Jacksonville in exchange for cornerback C.J. Henderson. The article itself at one point said the Saints would trade Thomas to Carolina but that was surely a typo, as Henderson plays for the Jags.
Here’s more from the article:
"Thomas recently met with head coach Sean Payton to “air out” any lingering issues between him and the organization, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. However, if those issues aren’t completely resolved and the Saints want to get out from under the potential headache—and Thomas’ $24.7 million cap hit in 2022—the Jaguars would be an ideal trade partner.Jacksonville must do everything it can to ensure Lawrence succeeds as an NFL quarterback, and adding a premier receiver like Thomas could be a great step toward that goal. Head coach Urban Meyer oversaw Thomas at Ohio State, and the two should be able to form a good working relationship."
This isn’t the first time this trade has been floated out there and it does make sense for both sides if we’re being completely honest here. The Saints and Thomas haven’t been getting along and the team could use a young, promising cornerback.
As noted in the blurb above, the Jaguars need to make sure Trevor Lawrence succeeds and giving him Thomas to throw to would aid in doing just that.
The Saints trading Michael Thomas for C.J. Henderson makes sense.
It might be difficult to part ways with a player of Thomas’ caliber but this trade would bring a cornerback on a rookie deal to New Orleans, who desperately need to beef up their secondary.
What do you think of this potential trade, Saints fans?