Saints to make Michael Thomas highest-paid WR in NFL?
The New Orleans Saints confirmed this week that they have begun discussing a possible contract extension with Michael Thomas, and it sounds like they are prepared to make a massive commitment to him.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports that the Saints are “comfortable” making Thomas the highest-paid wide receiver in football.
Contract extension negotiations between New Orleans and WR Michael Thomas are progressing. Sources say Saints are comfortable making him the highest paid receiver in the game. #Saints
— Dianna (@diannaESPN) June 18, 2019
If that is truly the case, it would be tough to imagine the negotiations lasting very long. Odell Beckham Jr. is currently the highest-paid receiver in football with an annual salary of $18 million. Guaranteed money is obviously the big thing with NFL contracts, but Thomas should be a happy man if the Saints are willing to give him a deal similar to Odell’s.
Thomas is entering the final season of his contract, and the Saints do not hold a fifth-year team option since he was drafted in the second round. He has gotten better and better in his first three seasons and caught a whopping 125 passes for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Still just 26, Thomas can make an easy case that he deserves to be the top-paid player at his position.