Saints to release ex-Pro Bowler Michael Thomas, per report; wide receiver rips NFL columnist for sharing news

After eight seasons together, the New Orleans Saints are saying goodbye to Michael Thomas, according to The Times-Picayune, with plans to release the accomplished but injury-riddled wide receiver ahead of 2024 NFL free agency.
Thomas himself has since taken to X (formerly Twitter) to dispute the characterization of his release in a series of accusatory posts, suggesting his pending exit was always going to be the result of a “one-year deal” as opposed to New Orleans ending his contract early.
His remarks framed columnist Jeff Duncan, who shared the news of his release, as a “clown” trying to “ruin” his value.

Regardless, Thomas’ split from the Saints is coming, and it marks the end of what was once one of the NFL’s most dangerous partnerships. The 31-year-old wideout had long been speculated as a salary cap casualty. In fact, the Saints had already structured his contract in a way that foretold his departure this offseason, per Over the Cap. Technically due $12.4 million in 2024, his deal was designed to be extended or terminated by way of a post-June 1 release before the start of free agency on March 11. With Thomas officially fired, the Saints willsave $1.2 million in salary cap space for 2024.

The second overall pick out of Ohio State in 2016, Thomas has quickly become one of the most effective tight ends in the league. capture and 1,100 invitations. yards in each of his first four seasons. He led the NFL in receptions twice, set an all-time record with 149 catches in 2019 and surpassed 1,700 yards on the year.

   While struggling with several leg injuries, he missed the entire 2021 campaign and played in just three games the following year. He played the most in four seasons during the 2023 season, appearing in 10 games but with just 39 catches for 448 yards and one touchdown..

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