Should the Saints make a run at Earl Thomas? (1 Viewer)


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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints fans want the team to go for broke every year during free agency. The hot names on social media in the 2019 cycle (so far) are two safeties: Houston Texans star and hometown hero Tyrann Mathieu, and Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Earl Thomas. Mathieu is likely to re-sign with Houston, so we’ll rule him out. Here’s the case for New Orleans making a run at Thomas, and the argument against such a move.
Yes, the Saints should sign Earl Thomas

Any interest in Thomas says more about the deficiencies among New Orleans’ safeties than what he brings to the table, and that’s accounting for how talented Thomas is. He’s historically great. But the Saints had high expectations for Marcus Williams in the wake of the 2017 postseason, and he did not deliver. They tried to pair him with an experienced veteran in Kurt Coleman, but Coleman was clearly past his prime and should be a salary cap cut.

So let’s say the Saints sign Thomas. He’ll be commanding a top-dollar contract despite coming off of a broken leg in Oct. 2018. The Saints can afford to sign one player to that kind of deal this year, but not many more. Thomas is one of the NFL’s most-respected defenders and arguably the greatest safety of his generation. He’d be a tremendous upgrade on the back end of the Saints’ defense and give Williams someone he can truly look up to as he continues to learn the ropes and rebuild his confidence in the NFL. ...

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