7. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (possible cap casualty/trade target)
At this particular point in time, it looks like there’s a decent chance that the artist formerly known as “CantGuardMike” could end up being a cap casualty for the New Orleans Saints. I’m sure they would rather get some draft compensation for him, but his lack of availability over the last handful of years could be a sticking point.
The Saints really won’t save a lot of money by designating Thomas as a post-June 1 release, but it might be time for both sides to move on. We’ll see what happens there, but one way or the other, it might end up being a good pairing for both the Broncos and the Saints as fellow PO writer Chandler Hyler has already suggested.
Thomas was once one of the most dominant wide receivers in the NFL.
Many might end up asking, why would the Broncos trade for Michael Thomas? They already have Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, etc…
The reality is that the Broncos need to reset at the receiver position and even though Thomas has had some issues staying healthy in recent years, it would almost undoubtedly be a one-year investment and a worthwhile risk given the current state of the roster.
In my mind, they could go after both Michael Thomas and Brandin Cooks, trade away Courtland Sutton, and have a top four going into 2023 of:
- Jerry Jeudy
- Michael Thomas
- Brandin Cooks
- Tim Patrick
Some pretty big myths were debunked when the Denver Broncos got a deal done to bring in Sean Payton as the team's next head coach.
But that’s probably wishful thinking at best. The point is, I want the Denver Broncos to be aggressive in upgrading the receiver position because they need it. This offense needs playmakers, and Michael Thomas could be that in a one-year vacuum.