Michael Thomas seemingly shows interest in joining Miami Dolphins with message to Chad Johnson

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Tyreek Hill started it, and Chad Johnson then added to it. Now, Michael Thomas himself is commenting on the idea that the free agent wide receiver possibly could be a good fit with the Miami Dolphins.

This past week, Hill posted to social media about the idea of having Thomas on the Dolphins.

Johnson then discussed it with fellow former NFL star Shannon Sharpe while also addressing Thomas’ long history of injuries.

“He can’t stay healthy,” Johnson said. “If we get the injuries fixed, if we do whatever we need to do in the offseason to make sure he can stay on the field, do you understand the damage that Mike could do on short routes, intermediate routes? And he can not be covered.”

The Miami native then referenced Thomas’ fitting handle on X (formerly known as Twitter), which is @Cantguardmike.

“And he lives just by that when he’s on the field,” Johnson said. “Now, if we can get him to stay healthy on the field…I can get you right.

“And I would love to have you down in Miami. Come to Miami. Call the Dolphins.”

Thomas has been in the NFL for eight seasons, all with the New Orleans Saints, who released him this week. The 31-year-old had one of the greatest stretches ever by an NFL wide receiver, with four straight seasons of at least 1,100 yards and three straight seasons with at least 100 receptions.

It was capped by a sensational 2019 campaign, when he made an NFL-record 149 receptions for 1,725 receiving yards and was considered among the best receivers — if not the best receiver — in the league.

However, he has not been anywhere close to the same player since. Injuries limited him to just seven games in the 2020 season, and he then did not play at all in the 2021 season. He was able to appear in just three games during the 2022 campaign.

Last season, he got into 10 games for the Saints but ended up on injured reserve with a knee injury. After starting the season with 18 catches in the first three games, he finished with just 39 receptions for 448 receiving yards and one touchdown.

The Dolphins struggled last season to find a third receiver to complement Hill and Jaylen Waddle in the passing game. Those two combined for 191 catches while the next two wide receivers, Braxton Berrios and Cedrick Wilson Jr., combined for just 49 receptions.

Berrios reportedly is returning on a one-year contract, but the possible upside of Thomas may be too good to ignore, especially if Johnson can somehow find a way to get him healthy and keep him on the field.

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