Former Saints WR Michael Thomas is rumored to have interest from an AFC contender

Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been a free agent all offseason, but his market is now reportedly heating up.
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Things have been quiet for veteran wide receiver Michael Thomas, since his tenure with the New Orleans Saints ended earlier this offseason. After eight, record-breaking seasons with the Saints, Thomas entered free agency this offseason. However, there hasn’t been much noise surrounding the the three-time Pro Bowl receiver.

That changed a bit recently, when Zachary Smith, of Around The 412, reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been in contact with Thomas. There haven’t been any other reports about a visit or a potential contract, but this could be the latest development in a slow offseason for Thomas.

Steelers have reportedly contacted former Saints receiver Michael Thomas

Pittsburgh, despite several injuries and an underwhelming roster, finished last season 10-7 and was the final playoff team in a stacked AFC. The Steelers ultimately lost in the Wild Card to the Buffalo Bills, but Mike Tomlin’s team proved once again that they’ll always find a way to be competitive.

Now, after signing Russell Wilson and trading for Justin Fields this offseason, Pittsburgh is preparing for another year in the tough AFC North. Could the Steelers sign Michael Thomas for help? They don’t have the strongest wide receiver room, so it’s definitely a move that’s possible.

Thomas, of course, is known for his dominant years where he was leading the league in receptions in 2018 and 2019. However, his recent years have been defined by injuries. Since the elite 2019 season, Thomas has played in 20 total games over four seasons. In those games, he caught 95 passes for 1,057 yards and four touchdowns.

The unfortunate stretch of injuries is likely the reason he’s still a free agent. However, he can certainly be productive if he can remain healthy. That conundrum will likely be represented in the next contract Thomas signs. Whether that’s with the Pittsburgh Steelers, or elsewhere, remains to be seen.