1. Michael Thomas
We haven’t heard much regarding Michael Thomas’ future with the Saints over the last several months, but we simply can’t get insider Ian Rapoport’s assessment of the situation following New Orleans’ playoff loss out of our heads.
During an appearance on the “Pat McAfee Show,” Rapoport revealed he “wouldn’t rule anything out” regarding Thomas’ future. Like clockwork, that prompted fans to put their GM hats on and speculate potential destinations for the superstar receiver.
The Saints are unlikely to trade Thomas this offseason, but that could change quickly in a few months if they struggle out of the gates following Drew Brees’ retirement. Given that Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are their two quarterbacks, you certainly can’t rule it out.
Michael Thomas would be a dream acquisition for the Patriots.
While Thomas isn’t the upscale home run threat the Patriots’ offense sorely lacks, he’s still one of the best possession WRs in the league. When healthy, we’re talking about a player who’s a lock to compile over 100 catches for roughly 1,300 yards and anywhere between 6-9 touchdowns. He also has a career 77.6% catch percentage.
We mean no disrespect to the Pats’ other pass-catching options, but if you split some of those numbers in half, that’d be a career year for any of them.
The Saints seemingly grew tired of Thomas’ antics last season after he was suspended following an altercation with a teammate at practice. New England, as we know, is famous for exploiting these types of situations, so Thomas is definitely a midseason trade target to watch.