Per New Orleans Saints beat writer Larry Holder, the team has decided to part ways with tight end David Thomas today. Though Thomas has hit the ripe old age of 30, the move comes as a bit of a surprise given his effectiveness while incumbent Jimmy Graham was dealing with injury last season.
Thomas becomes one of the more interesting free agents because most of the other job seekers at the position are past their prime. Barring his age, Thomas did show he can be an asset if given the opportunity. In the six games where he recorded a reception, the veteran hauled in four touchdowns. Granted, it was on one of the more potent offenses in the league, but compared to the likes of Dallas Clark, Jeremy Shockey, Todd Heap and Ben Watson, Thomas should find himself among the more sought-after tight ends.
Where things get more interesting is within the Saints organization. Wide receiver Devery Henderson is also a free agent, so unless the team signs another solid free agent wideout, Lance Moore should move up on preseason fantasy football draft charts. The wideout posted his first 1,000 -plus yard season of his career in 2012 and finished with six touchdowns. It was no coincidence that his production came at Henderson’s expense, who totaled just 22 receptions for the year.
With the release of Thomas, Moore becomes even more valuable should injury strike Graham or Marques Colston next season. He should still be considered only as a No. 3 fantasy WR, but there is more upside here than with others in the same tier. As for Thomas, we’ll have to see where he lands before judging his value.
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