The New Orleans Saints have one proven wide receiver on their roster but he continues to be linked to trade rumors. Most recently, Michael Thomas was picked as one of the 10 most likely players to be dealt at some point this year by Bleacher Report.
Kristopher Knox writes:
"If the relationship between Thomas and the Saints remains strained, they could look to part ways. New Orleans would erase a $24.7 million cap hit in 2022 by doing so. And there will be no shortage of teams looking to add an elite talent like Thomas if he becomes available.However, Thomas falls a few spots this week following New Orleans’ blowout win over the Green Bay Packers. The more the Saints look like a legit Super Bowl contender with Jameis Winston at quarterback, the more likely they’ll want to hang onto Thomas for at least one more run.If the wins start piling up, the likelihood of moving Thomas will decrease."
The biggest thing the Saints would gain by trading Thomas would be the cap hit they’d avoid in doing so. This would be a lot of money for a team who always seems to find themselves in salary cap hell and could potentially help them land some top-tier talent next offseason.
As Knox mentions, however, the notion of trading Thomas probably won’t pick up steam until we know where this team is headed this year. After their blowout win over Green Bay, the Saints proved they don’t need Thomas to put up massive numbers but it was only one game and the wide receivers didn’t do much in the 38-3 victory.
The Saints trading Michael Thomas continues to be brought up.
Right now, it feels odd to be talking about trading Thomas, as we’re just one week into the season. This offseason did consist of a lot of drama between him and the Saints organization, however, and if guys like Marquez Callaway and Juwan Johnson continue to step up throughout the season, trading Thomas will make more and more sense.
At the end of the day, fans should get used to seeing Thomas linked to trade rumors because of how this offseason went. Yes, the Saints have a thin group at wide receiver but if other guys step in and show they can carry the load, Thomas might not be as valuable to this team, as weird as that is to say.