Could former Saints receiver Michael Thomas reunite with Sean Payton in 2024?

With former New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas still available, there’s a thought that he could join former coach Sean Payton with the Denver Broncos.
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For the first time since 2015, the New Orleans Saints are set to enter a season without Michael Thomas in the wide receiver room. The team now has Chris Olave as the No. 1 receiving option, with guys like Rashid Shaheed, A.T. Perry, Cedrick Wilson, and Bub Means filling out the room. Meanwhile, Thomas is still a free agent.

Considering his status as a 31-year-old veteran, entering his ninth season, waiting until later in the offseason to sign makes sense. The only question, though, is who will Thomas ultimately sign with. That’s what everyone has been trying to figure out, including Kristopher Knox, in a recent piece for Bleacher Report.

Knox named the best fits for the best remaining free agents in the league, and of course Michael Thomas was on the list. For Thomas, the best fits were the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos.

Patriots and Broncos named best fits for Michael Thomas

The Patriots were named because they “still have arguably the league's most lackluster receiving corps.” Thomas would be a boost for the group, even if he’s not in his best form. As you might imagine, there was a bit more context when discussing Thomas’ fit with the Broncos.

Knox highlighted Thomas’ history with Sean Payton and Pete Carmichael, as well as the offense that Denver is running. Additionally, it was argued that Thomas is the ideal receiver to help rookie quarterback Bo Nix transition to the NFL.

"Lastly, Denver lacks proven talent at the receiver position behind Courtland Sutton and free-agent addition Josh Reynolds. Thomas might not be a particularly prolific receiver in Denver, but he'd help Nix acclimate to Payton's offense."

Kristopher Knox

Of course, there are still a ton of questions about what level Thomas can play at now, and his health, considering the fact that he’s only played in 20 total games over the last four seasons. However, Knox believes that Thomas can still be productive, arguing that he’s “still a 6'3", 212-pound target and one of the top route-runners in the NFL.”

That's what he’ll set out to prove in 2024. If that is with the Broncos, Thomas will make a return to New Orleans for a primetime game, along with Sean Payton and all of the other former Saints now in Denver.