Should the Saints trade Michael Thomas?
By: Jake Rajala
Michael Thomas was singing “I’m back” – by T.I. after he impressively scored a pair of touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. In Week 2, Cantguardmike also notched a receiving touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Unfortunately, the 29-year-old WR transcended back to his prior injury-prone self — as he’s missed the past three games and he’s bound to miss the next contest, too. With that said, a realistic question should cloud over the egoistical, physically gifted WR: should the (2-4) Saints move on from Thomas?
It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Saints shipped him away to garner future draft picks (then potentially use those picks to select a QB or WR) and ultimately be more successful in the future. With that enunciated, I’m going to outline the best potential trade destinations for Thomas.
- Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens really need to seize the moment with Lamar Jackson, who is having a modest all-around 2022 season & looking to capture a new historical contract. Jackson was looking like a serious MVP candidate after a few weeks of football, but he’s only thrown one passing touchdown in each of his last three match-ups. The Ravens are 3-3 (which is surprisingly adequate enough to place them first in the AFC North), but they still need more firepower to win a war against the Buffalo Bills or Kansas City Chiefs.
In 2022 (aka the year that Avatar 2 hits theaters), Jackson has thrown for 1,277 passing yards, 13 passing TDs, and six ints.
- New York Giants
The GMEN (who are 5-1, yes you read that correctly) are undoubtedly the biggest surprise team on the season & they’re undeniably making Frank Sinatra smile from above. However, I’m still iffy about their chances to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the end. They have a quality QB named Daniel Jones and a freakishly gifted RB by the name of Saquon Barkley. Yet, they’re missing a top-end WR1, to say the least. Richie James is proving to be a potential 1,000+ yard WR in his career, but he isn’t a game-wrecker. It should also be mentioned that Barkley is second in receiving yards and first in targets.
Danny Dimes has unveiled 1,021 passing yds, five passing TDs, and two ints in 2022. He has recorded three games with zero passing TDs.
- Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears may not want to completely throw in the towel on the Justin Fields project this early in his career. Similar to Lamar Jackson and Taysom Hill, Justin Fields can excel with his legs. Although, he’s obviously struggled mightily to be effective with his arm. There is a hefty reason why Fields has struggled to be a threat with his arm: the lack of talent at the Bears WR spot. The Bears have a modest WR in Darnell Mooney, but the Bears WR2 is none other than Dante Pettis (874 yards in five seasons). Perhaps the Bears should roll the dice and make an offer for the Saints illustrious WR.
Fields has only managed to toss 869 passing yds, four passing TDs, and five ints in 2022.
- Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are riding high after winning three of their past four contests. I love Matt Ryan, Jonathan Taylor, and the ascending Deon Jackson. Furthermore, they have potential at WR with Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce (210 yards and a TD in the past three games). Yet, it would make a ton of sense for them to add a wiser WR — who could also give their team a significant boost in their likely playoff fights. Matty Ice would also like a shiny toy to help his Hall of Fame chances at this chapter in his career.
Matt Ryan has unveiled 1,765 passing yards, 8 passing touchdowns, and 7 interceptions this season.
- Green Bay Packers
It may seem like hell will freeze over before the Green Bay Packers make a blockbuster trade for a wideout. All jokes aside, the Packers desperately need a WR at this moment more than ever. The two-time MVP reigning Aaron Rodgers can’t be a John Wick-like persona without talent at his disposal. It’s an injustice to the Packers mythical QB that Allen Lazard is his top choice and that the 32-year-old Randall Cobb is his second-most reliable option. Burning Man Rodgers and his crew were also booed at their own home after their brutal loss to the New York Jets. It’s time for the Packers to make a creative, bold move to acquire a star profile, preferably at WR.
Aaron Rodgers has yet to throw more than two touchdowns in a single game thus far, too.
- Houston Texans
The Houston Texans understand that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they still can’t shy away from being trigger-happy with acquiring household names. The Texans possess an unexpected stud with Dameon Pierce (412 rushing yds, 4.8 YPC, and three rushing touchdowns) right now. The Texans already have former Saints WR Brandin Cooks (2,187 receiving yards and 12 TDs between 2020 and 2021 combined), but they could benefit from another imposing wideout. It would be a beautiful chair for potentially C.J. Stroud if he could utilize Cooks and Thomas in the same offense.
Davis Mills has registered 1,048 passing yds, five passing TDs, and four ints at this point.
- Tennessee Titans
The AFC South features the (3-2) Tennessee Titans and the (3-2) Indianapolis Colts. The two AFC South squads will duke it out for the division lead next Sunday at 1 PM, as well. Ryan Tannehill doesn’t have the most dynamite at their WR spot – besides Robert Woods. The Titans WR2 is none other than Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. The Titans 2022 first-round pick Treylon Burks is still improving his craft and hasn’t quite risen to become a Chris Olave-like presence. The Titans may want to capitalize off the remaining strength of Derrick Henry by bringing in another star to chase Super Bowl glory in the near future.
Tanny has accumulated 965 passing yards, six passing TDs, and three ints in his 2022 campaign.
- Dallas Cowboys
It’s impossible to count out Jerry Jones from making a lucrative acquisition. At this point, Michael Gallup has been a dud (8 catches, 86 yards, and a TD). The Boys could benefit from more magic across the young, electric Ceedee Lamb. Plus, Prescott would be quite pleased to have Thomas in his arsenal against the possible dynasty squad in Philadelphia.
The mighty Dak Prescott plans to return in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions.
- Denver Broncos
Russell Wilson hasn’t made Tony Gonzalez or Denver Broncos nation delighted in 2022. Furthermore, the Broncos sit with a 2-3 record — which places them third in the wretched AFC West. The Broncos showcase Courtland Sutton & Jerry Jeudy, but they lost Tim Patrick to a torn ACL in early August. Perhaps the Broncos may resort to bringing forth a fresh WR face to help Wilson than rather flip to Brett Rypien.
the ball has obtained 1,254 passing yards, four passing TDs, and three ints this season.
- Washington Commanders
If Ron Rivera wants to place the blame on his QB Carson Wentz, he should at least contemplate finding him more help on offense. The Commanders have scary Terry, but they could benefit from more WR talent. Jahan Dotson is still learning the speed of the NFL level & Curtis Samuel is more of a jack-of-all-trades than a 1,000+ yard WR. The last key reason that Washington may want to link up with the 2019 Offensive Player of The Year is that they sit behind the best team in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles), the 5-1 New York Giants, and the 4-2 Dallas Cowboys (who will welcome Prescott back in Week 7).
Wentz has thrown 1,489 passing yds, 10 passing TDs, and six ints this 2022 season. Per CBS Sports, Wentz’s status for Week 7 is up in the air – due to his broken finger.