One NFL star isn’t particularly impressed with the league’s choice to officiate Super Bowl LIV.
The league announced Wednesday that Bill Vinovich will referee the upcoming Super Bowl, granting him the assignment for the second time in his career. Those in New Orleans will have something to say, however, as it was Vinovich’s crew that infamously blew a huge pass interference call in last year’s NFC Championship.
To that end, Saints wide receiver Mike Thomas wasted no time in criticizing the Vinovich appointment.
O no he don’t even own any flags . Let me stop https://t.co/8rkXl60tew
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) January 15, 2020
Vinovich has had a lengthy career, but in the minds of some, that no-call is going to define him. It was inevitably going to come up when the NFL made the announcement, but the league probably figures that it will blow over quickly and won’t be a talking point by the time Vinovich officiates the Super Bowl.
We do know that Thomas hasn’t forgotten. Given what he wanted to happen in the immediate aftermath of the non-call, though, we shouldn’t be surprised.
Michael Thomas wants to make sure that the people don’t forget so quickly.
After the New Orleans Saints star had his worst game of the season Thursday against Atlanta, he tweeted a response to his haters in the form of a PFF stat that he has the most plays of 15+ yards among all receivers this season.
for the haters https://t.co/ejNlsZwrlk
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 29, 2019
Thomas, the two-time Pro Bowler, was held to six catches for a season-low 48 yards against the Falcons. He also dropped his first pass in over a year, but the Saints still won by the final of 26-18 to clinch the NFC South division title.
On the year, Thomas still leads the NFL by a wide margin with 110 receptions and 1,290 receiving yards, and it’s obvious his Twitter game is still on point.
Michael Thomas has not been at the early part of training camp with the New Orleans Saints, but the star wide receiver is expected to show up to work on Wednesday with a great big smile on his face.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Thomas and the Saints have agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract extension. The deal makes him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history by a fairly wide margin.
The #Saints & star WR Michael Thomas have reached a blockbuster, 5 yr $100M extension. This contract makes Thomas the highest paid WR in NFL History. He’s also the first non-QB offensive player to sign a $100M contract. Agents @DavidMulugheta & Andrew Kessler negotiated the deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 31, 2019
Thomas had been seeking an annual salary of $20 million from the start, and the Saints feel he deserves it. Odell Beckham Jr. was previously the highest-paid receiver in the NFL in terms of average annual salary at $18 million, so the deal Thomas signed will likely reset the market. Although, the deal Beckham signed with the New York Giants last year included $65 million guaranteed, while Thomas “only” got $61 million.
For the #Saints and WR Michael Thomas, his 5-year, $100M extension includes $61M in guarantees, sources say. And one of training camp’s holdouts is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 31, 2019
Thomas, who is just 26, caught a whopping 125 passes for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns last season. You can understand why he was able to make the case that he is the most valuable receiver in football.
Veterans reported to training camp for the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, but Michael Thomas was not among them as expected. The star wide receiver is still seeking a new contract, and he wants more money than any player at his position has ever gotten.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Friday that Thomas and the Saints are not particularly close to a long-term deal, with Thomas seeking a contract that will pay him $20 million annually.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 26, 2019
Odell Beckham Jr. is currently the highest-paid receiver in football in terms of annual salary at $18 million per year. There have been indications that the Saints are willing to make Thomas the top-paid receiver in the NFL, but perhaps Thomas is too hung up on that $20 million number.
Thomas is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the Saints do not hold a fifth-year option on the deal since he was drafted in the second round. The 26-year-old caught a whopping 125 passes for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns last season, so he can certainly make the case that he is currently the most valuable receiver in football. However, it’s possible that the Saints are willing to make him No. 1 at the position but not go all the way up to $20 million.
Michael Thomas still has not come to an agreement on a long-term contract extension with the New Orleans Saints, and it appears he may not show up to training camp until the deal is done.
Veterans reported to training camp for the Saints on Thursday, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Thomas was not present. The star receiver has been negotiating a new contract with the team for weeks.
Saints WR Michael Thomas, in search of a new deal, still has not reported to the team's training facility, per source. No practice until Friday, but no Thomas today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2019
Saints and Michael Thomas have negotiated for weeks but without a deal, he has not reported with the rest of the players.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 25, 2019
Schefter also noted that the Saints can fine Thomas $40,000 for every day he misses training camp, but it’s unclear if they will do that.
Thomas is entering the final season of his rookie 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. All indications have been that the Saints are willing to pay him top dollar, but many expected a deal to be completed by now.
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.
Almost all of the talk surrounding the top overall pick heading into the NFL Draft has had to do with Kyler Murray, but New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas seems to think the Arizona Cardinals would be making a mistake if they select the Heisman Trophy winner.
On Monday, Thomas took to Twitter to share his opinion of who he believes is the best player in the draft. He’s a huge Nick Bosa fan.
Nick Bosa is the best player in the draft stop playing. He has been and still is.
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) April 22, 2019
Most mock drafts have Bosa going second overall to the San Francisco 49ers, and it would be a surprise if the former Ohio State defensive end fell any further than that. Even if the Cardinals take Murray at No. 1, that may be more about the type of fit they feel he will be in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense rather than believing he is the best overall player available.
Bosa’s older brother Joey instantly became one the best pass-rushers in the NFL when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers, and Nick is expected to enjoy the same level of success. In the event that Arizona decides not to draft Murray (and that is looking like more of a possibility), Bosa would be a strong possibility if they decide to keep the pick.