The Seattle Seahawks have everyone talking after recently acquiring All-Pro Safety Jamal Adams from the New York Jets. In fact, they might now be the favorites in the NFC. Some teams will have something to say about that, though. Following the big move by the Seahawks, star wide receiver Michael Thomas sent a message to the New Orleans Saints that they need to listen to if they want to keep pace with the Seahawks.
Michael Thomas and the New Orleans Saints have continuously fallen short
Since the Saints drafted Thomas out of Ohio State in the 2016 NFL draft, he has been one of the best receivers in the NFL, and the Saints have been one of the best teams.
After Thomas caught 92 passes for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016, he earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2017. Thomas caught 104 passes for 1,245 yards that season and five touchdowns. The Saints ultimately went 11-5, but lost on a walk-off touchdown to the Minnesota Vikings in the Divisional Round.
Thomas then led the NFL in receptions with 125 in 2018 to go with 1,405 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches. He ultimately earned Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro Honors, and the Saints went 13-3. Thomas and the Saints ultimately reached the NFC Championship Game that season but lost in overtime to the Los Angeles Rams.
During the 2019 season, Thomas was one of the best players in the entire NFL. He led the NFL with 149 catches and had an NFL-leading 1,725 receiving yards to go with nine touchdown catches. He ultimately earned the AP Offensive Player of the Year award. The Saints went 13-3 again too but lost in overtime to the Vikings in the Wild Card Round.
The Saints were excellent offensively in 2019, averaging 28.6 points per game, which was third in the NFL. They were not bad, but not nearly as good, on defense, though, allowing 21.3 points per game – which was 13th in the NFL.
The Seattle Seahawks acquired Jamal Adams
The Seahawks were also pretty good in 2019. They went 11-5, and won in the Wild Card Round, but lost in the Divisional Round to the Green Bay Packers. Offensively, the Seahawks were one of the top teams in the NFL, averaging 25.3 points per game, which was ninth in the league. However, they allowed 24.9 points per game, which was 22nd in the NFL.
They might have just become the favorites to reach the Super Bowl out of the NFC, though, as they recently acquired Jamal Adams in a trade with the New York Jets.
Adams was the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft by the Jets. He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2018, racking up 115 total tackles, three forced fumbles, and defended 12 passes. He was then a Pro Bowl selection and a First-team All-Pro honoree in 2019, recording 75 total tackles, two forced fumbles, and defended seven passes in 14 games with the Jets.
Michael Thomas sent a message to the New Orleans Saints’ front office
As teams now look to keep pace with the Seahawks, Michael Thomas just recently tweeted out who he wants the Saints to add now.
On July 25, Thomas tweeted, “[Jadeveon] Clowney to New Orleans or I don’t want to hear it.”
Clowney earned three straight Pro Bowl selections with the Houston Texans from 2016 through 2018. He played in 13 games with the Seahawks in 2019.
Clowney is a free agent, and in May, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the Tennesee Titans and Seahawks had an interest in Clowney. The Seahawks no longer look like an option, though, after the Adams trade.
Additionally, according to Bleacher Report, it was reported on the NFL Draft Insiders podcast recently that the Cowboys and Saints are on the top of Clowney’s list.
Adding a player of Clowney’s caliber would be crucial for the Saints. It would not only improve their defense by taking some pressure off of Cameron Jordan, who had 15.5 sacks last season, but it would also increase their chances of winning the NFC. Maybe, they would not fall short for the fourth consecutive season?
It will be interesting to see where Clowney goes. We now know, however, that Michael Thomas certainly wants him on his team.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference