Second-year receiver Michael Thomas is questionable to play against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday after being added to the report Saturday with a hamstring injury.
Aside from Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, Thomas is New Orleans’ most indispensable offensive weapon. Thomas is only the second receiver to start his career with back-to-back seasons of 90-plus receptions and 1,000-plus yards (Odell Beckham). He’s also a Falcons killer. Thomas has averged at least seven receptions, 70 receiving yards and a TD in three career games against Atalnta.
The former second-round pick played four seasons with the Denver Broncos and two with the Los Angeles Chargers. Franklin started all 16 games for the Chargers in 2016, but became expendable after Los Angeles drafted two guards in the draft. The Bolts cut Franklin in May.
The short stint doesn’t look good for him but a team to be on the watch for is the Jets. Before signing with New Orleans, Franklin took a visit with Gang Green.
Peterson visited Seattle early in free agency, only to see the Seahawks sign Eddie Lacy instead. His meeting with New England came and went without a contract, while the Patriots remain interested in re-signing LeGarrette Blount.
SiriusXM NFL Radio reported earlier this week that three to five teams are interested in Peterson, who has not set a price nor has he turned down an offer. The seven-time Pro Bowler has made it clear that he’s willing to remain patient in hopes of finding the perfect fit entering his age-32 season.
Cue the Debbie Downers, uh, we mean overzealous Saints fans pointing out how this kind of behavior is why the Saints have finished 7-9 — and missed the playoffs — for three consecutive seasons.
Everyone needs a break for a bit of fun sometimes. Even members of your favorite football team. Instead of sweating at organized team activities, the Saints were on the move in a scavenger hunt throughout New Orleans this morning.
In their seemingly yearly effort to rebuild a woebegone defense, adding Butler would give the Saints a rising star at corner, allowing them to select for need during this year’s draft, which is loaded at pass rusher — another big priority for the Saints.
Butler wants to be paid like the star corner he’s become since making his famous game-winning play in Super Bowl XLIX. After the Patriots shelled out big money to cornerback Stephon Gilmore at the start of free agency, it’s seemed Butler’s ticket to getting paid is leaving New England.
A playmaker on the back end, Vaccaro is a do-everything defensive back who was a starter right off the bat for New Orleans. He’ll play this season on his fifth-year option, a one-year guaranteed contract worth $5.7 million.
On one hand, for a defense that struggled mightily last week with youth and inconsistency, it seems odd to shop one of its best players. On the other hand, contract talks this past offseason did not prove fruitful and he’s a pending free agent for 2018. Talent has not been a question, but there has been some inconsistency.