Other teams who wanted Thomas included the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, and St. Louis Rams. Since the 2-6 Saints had the worst record, they were awarded Thomas, his agent Jeff Griffin told the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The remaining portion of Thomas' signing bonus ($360,000) will be counted on Green Bay's 2005 salary cap. The rest of his $305,000 base salary, or about $161,469, will be wiped off the salary cap.
Last year, the Packers traded disgruntled cornerback Mike McKenzie to the Saints in exchange for quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan and a second-round draft pick.