Report: Michael Thomas, Saints 'not seeking a split' after positive talks

By , Audacy Sports

Patriots fans, Eagles fans, Jets fans, Jaguars fans, "NFL-team-potentially-seeking-a-star-wide-receiver-in-a-trade" fans... it doesn't seem like you need to tirelessly work out ways and packages in which your front office can acquire Michael Thomas. If the latest reports are true and stand above the rest of the buzz about Thomas, it doesn't look like the Saints star wideout is going anywhere.

According to NFL reporter Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, Thomas and Saints head coach Sean Payton "have had positive talks," which have led sources to believe that there aren't any ongoing trade talks. The issues that have plagued the receiver's relationship with the team — Payton's comments regarding the timing Thomas's ankle surgery and the wideout's social media post that raised a lot of eyebrows — were the topic of discussion between the two, and the meeting reportedly went well despite a recent report that Thomas hadn't been talking with the team.

"They had a good talk about [the issues]," Robinson's source said. "I think they both believe it’s not anything that has to go any further than what is already out there. There was some frustration from both viewpoints and that was the point of the meeting."

It might be a good thing that, should these reports be true, a trade is no longer the focus. Three GMs told Robinson that the star receiver's trade value would be "dramatically" affected by all the goings-on of the past year, between the injuries and the off-field issues within the Saints organization. One GM pinned his value as a first- and third-rounder, though the two others weren't as optimistic about a first-rounder coming back in the deal. The solution? The Saints should "just ride it out, at least until he's back on the field," says one GM, in order to make sure that the two parties can work well together and, if not, rehabilitate his value.

Thomas led the league in receptions in both 2018 and 2019, as well as receiving yards in 2019, before his tough and injury-ravaged 2020 campaign. A bounce-back campaign would be a massive boost for the Drew Brees-less Saints as they dive into a new era.

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