Michael Thomas will miss another contest for the Saints this week and those expecting to see him catch passes from Drew Brees again may be disappointed. Some around the league believe that the Saints are willing to move their All-Pro wide receiver, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk hears.
Thomas, who punched a teammate during practice earlier in the month, may welcome a deal. New Orleans suspended him for that incident in Week 5 with reports of him being healthy enough to suit up in the contest circulating simultaneously. Thomas will miss Week 7 against the Panthers because of a hamstring injury.
Trading Thomas Would Be Costly For The Saints
The cost of moving from Thomas is gargantuan for the Saints, as Florio details:
“Yes, trading Thomas would result in a $20 million cap charge for the Saints in 2021. It also would avoid $12.6 million in salary for Thomas, dropping the net cap cost to $7.4 million. Given that they’re already looking at a $22.65 million reckoning for quarterback Drew Brees if/when Brees retires after the current season, the Saints could end up carrying $42.65 million in cap charges for two guys who are no longer on the team, in a year that may have a total cap of only $175 million.”
Trading Thomas isn’t impossible but the situation dicates that New Orleans receives a fantastic haul in return, likely high-end draft picks. Two years ago, Amari Cooper netted a first-round pick in a mid-season trade. Thomas could arguably net two first-rounders, though there’s no word on what exactly the Saints are looking for if they indeed begin to take calls on him.