Steelers Contact Free Agent WR Michael Thomas

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly contacted a big-name free agent wide receiver.
Oct 19, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13)
Oct 19, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) / Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports
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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are not content with the state of their wide receivers room and are looking to add to it, at least according to one report.

Zach Smith of Around the 412 and Steelers Now reported that the Steelers had contacted former New Orleans Saints wideout Michael Thomas as they try to give a thin wide receivers room some extra support.

Thomas was one of the best wide receivers in all of football not too long ago. The former second-round pick led the NFL in recptions two years in a row and led the league in receiving yards in 2019. But after notching 1,000-yard campaigns in each of his first four seasons as a pro, Thomas has ben held back by injuries and inconsistent quarterback play.

Thomas missed all of the 2021 season with an ankle injury and has recorded just 55 receptions for 619 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games over the past two seasons. That could mean the Steelers get him at a discount but the question will be how much he is actually able to contribute.

In any event, the Steelers desperately need receiver help. George Pickens is in line to improve upon his first 1,000-yard season in the NFL but outside of him, the options are limited - a platoon of Roman Wilson, Calvin Austin III, Scottie Miller, Van Jefferson and Quez Watkins will be counted on to replace Diontae Johnson barring another move.

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Stephen Thompson


Stephen Thompson graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Pitt in April 2022 after spending four years as a sports writer and editor at The Pitt News, the University of Pittsburgh's independent, student-run newspaper. He primarily worked the Pitt men's basketball beat, and filled in on coverage of football, volleyball, softball, gymnastics and lacrosse, in addition to other sports as needed. His work at The Pitt News has won awards from the Pennsylvania News Media Association and Associated College Press. During the spring and summer of 2021, Stephen interned for Pittsburgh Sports Now, covering baseball in western Pennsylvania. Hailing from Washington D.C., family ties have cultivated a love of Boston's professional teams and Pitt athletics, and a fascination with sports in general.