April 15, 2024

The Dallas Cowboys seem set to reload at wide receiver, with the future of Michael Gallup and other receivers in question. Other than CeeDee Lamb, no one else in the receiver group seems like a lock to make the roster.

In fact, it appears that Gallup is one of the team’s top cut candidates due to his salary. If Dallas looks for a proper replacement, SI.com’s Timm Hamm thinks they should consider New Orleans Saints free agent Michael Thomas.

“But as a rejuvenation project on the cheap? [Michael Thomas’] role with the Cowboys could likely be much different than it was in New Orleans,” Hamm wrote on March 3. “Thomas probably wouldn’t see many double teams because of the presence of CeeDee Lamb. He was expected to carry the Saints’ offense and that would not be the case in Dallas… If the Cowboys choose to go the Thomas way in free agency, it could be just what both the player and the team need to get over the hump.”

The prospect of getting a two-time All-Pro while he’s down on his luck is enticing. Thomas was one of the dominant receivers of the late 2010s. But he is still looking for his return to the top, and that could happen in Dallas.

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 Michael Thomas’ Time with Saints Appears to Be Over

As a second-round pick out of Ohio State in 2016, Thomas had plenty of hype. But unlike some highly-touted talents, it took very little time for him to get adjusted to the NFL.

As Pro Football Reference shows, Thomas totaled 1137 yards and 9 TDs as a rookie with the Saints. That would be the first of four consecutive 1000-yard seasons though, as his campaigns in 2018 and 2019 were even more impressive.

After a league-leading 125 receptions and 1405 yards for the Saints in 2018, Thomas won the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year award in 2019 with 149 receptions for 1725 yards and 9 touchdowns, with the reception total being an NFL record.

However, injuries and other issues have disrupted his career. Thomas missed the entirety of the 2021 season. Further, he has not played more than 10 games in a season since 2019. While he is still clearly viable at the top level, keeping him on the field is the risk factor.

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