NFL 2022: Predicting one cap casualty for every team this offseason

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NFL 2022 – Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

New Orleans Saints

Potential Cap Casualty: Michael Thomas

The real question is who will still be around after this offseason for the Saints? Sitting at almost $75 million over the salary cap, this roster will have to be blown up in order for the team to meet the necessary cap requirements for 2022. Stars, starters, and backups alike will all have to be moved in order for this team to get cap compliment.

There is a litany of names that makes sense, but the most obvious one is Michael Thomas. Once seen as the league’s best receivers, he has spent most of the past two seasons not playing despite being paid handsomely.

Now, teams know the Saints are hurting for cap space, so they are likely biding their time until they can get their hands on the castoffs.

While the Saints will try and trade most of these names first, every team will be aware of the cap space this team has. Most will lowball or just wait until the player is released. Thomas may fall into that category despite being a talented receiver.

He has barely played and the team needs cap space. He may just have to be cut in 2022.