How the bond between Derek Carr, Michael Thomas is blossoming - ESPN - New Orleans Saints Blog- ESPN

2023-06-09 11:30:50  • 6 mins

METAIRIE, La. – As New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr walked up to the podium, he gushed over the speaker before him.

“He makes me smile,” Carr said.

There’s a clear bond forming between Carr and wide receiver Michael Thomas, and a series of phone calls throughout the offseason has helped link the two -- even before they were teammates.

After being released by the Las Vegas Raiders in March, Carr signed with the Saints.

“The recruiting process, he was very important,” Carr said. “I wanted to know where his mind was and what decisions he was making because that mattered to me.

"I couldn’t wait until he got in the building ... because a big part of my decision was Mike Thomas.”

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Carr also appeared to be a big part of Thomas’ decision to return to the Saints, which didn't seem certain despite the seven-year veteran still being under contract. Thomas has played in only 10 games in the past three seasons because of injuries, and his contract was restructured in a way in January that likely facilitated his release if he and the team couldn’t come to an agreement on a new deal.

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