Saints Rumors: Michael Thomas Trade Not Being Discussed Despite Recent IssuesAugust 12, 2021
Despite some indications there is a rift between the New Orleans Saints and Michael Thomas due to the timing of his knee surgery, the two-time All-Pro wide receiver reportedly isn't going to be traded.
Per Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Thomas and Saints head coach Sean Payton "have had positive talks" recently and "are not seeking a split."
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Thomas underwent ankle surgery in June to repair torn ligaments he suffered last year and could miss "weeks" during the upcoming regular season.
Before the Saints' first training camp practice last month, Payton said: "Well, look, it appears we're gonna have to spend some time without him. It's disappointing. And we'll work through it with the other players that are here. But the surgery took place, and obviously we would've liked that to happen earlier than later. And quite honestly, it should've."
According to Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune, Thomas ignored phone calls from the Saints for months during the offseason when they wanted to check in on the status of his rehab.
Earlier this week, Thomas set off alarm bells when he posted this cryptic message on Twitter:
Thomas was one of the most consistent wideouts in the NFL from 2016 to 2019. He had at least 121 targets, 92 receptions and 1,137 yards in each of his first four seasons.
The ankle injury occurred in Week 1 of the 2020 campaign against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Thomas finished the year with 40 catches, 438 yards and zero touchdowns in seven games.
Thomas' presence is going to be crucial for the Saints as they look to keep pace with the Bucs in the NFC South. Their offense is going to look very different, with Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill competing to replace the retired Drew Brees as the starting quarterback.
The Saints open their season Sept. 12 at home versus the Green Bay Packers.