How Michael Thomas went from Saints star to getting unceremoniously released

Michael Thomas' release signifies the end of an era for the New Orleans Saints. An era where Thomas went from setting NFL records to constant injuries.

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An unceremonious exit

The straw that broke the camel's back came against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10 of the 2023 season. Thomas caught one pass for nine yards before leaving the game with a knee injury. Less than two weeks later, Thomas was put on the Saints' IR for the final time.

In his final four seasons in New Orleans, he amassed 95 catches for 1,057 yards and four touchdowns — the numbers previously expected from him in a single season. Thomas' tenure in New Orleans ends with him as the franchise's fourth-leading receiver behind only Marques Colston, Eric Martin, and Joe Horn with 6,569 career receiving yards. His 36 receiving touchdowns place him at seventh all-time in Saints history, as well.

Thomas' release marks the end of an era, but one that won't be forgotten soon. He will always be known as Drew Brees' favorite receiver in the twilight of his career, and the memories of the postseason runs from 2017-19 will live on, whether in infamy or glory. Thomas was a cornerstone of the franchise for years, and he has sealed up a spot in the Saints Ring of Honor at the bare minimum.