It is officially draft week! That means that a large amount of trades this week and on draft day, is probable. The Green Bay Packers still enter this week with wide receiver as one of their biggest concerns. While it is likely that the Packers take a wide receiver in the draft, trading for one still isn’t out of the question.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas has been a name loosely floated around this off-season as a trade at target. Michael Thomas is coming off a year in which he did not play a single snap. In 2021 Michael Thomas had nagging ankle injuries that prevented him from playing. However reports are that he is raring to go for the 2022 season. Michael Thomas is a name that legendary Packers safety LeRoy Butler mentioned as a name Green Bay should target.
What would a trade look like?
It is no secret that Michael Thomas was once a perennial all-pro in this league. In Thomas’ last full season he broke records. 2019: 149 receptions, over 1700 yards, and 9 touchdowns. Leading up to the 2020 season he accumulated four straight 92+ reception, and 1,100+ yard seasons.
However, with all that being said he has played seven games total since the end of the 2019 season. Seven games in 2020, and none in 2021. The Saints certainly would not be able to ask for a Davante Adams or Tyreek hill type of trade. Or if they did, they certainly wouldn’t get it. Proposed trade:
- WR Michael Thomas
- 2022 Second Round pick
- 2022 Third Round pick
- 2023 Fourth Round pick
What is Thomas’ contract looking like?
Michael Thomas is currently in the middle of a long term contract he signed with the Saints back in 2019. The contract extends through 2024. His cap hit for the 2021 season is 13 million, however it jumps up to 27 and 28 million in the 2023 and 2024 seasons. It would certainly take some restructuring to keep him on the team past 2022… which Green Bay (Russ Ball) is good at.
Why would both sides agree to this?
For Green Bay, it is pretty simple. Get a perennial all-star back in Green Bay for the rest of Aaron Rodgers’ contract. For New Orleans, this gives them cap relief, which is much needed for them. And it also gives them draft capital now and in the future while they continue to search for their next franchise quarterback.