Thomas lands in New Orleans

Cornerback was released by the Packers on Wednesday

The New Orleans Saints received another Packers cornerback when they claimed Joey Thomas on waivers Thursday. The Saints were one of five NFL teams to put a claim on Thomas, who was surprisingly released by Green Bay on Wednesday.

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.

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