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Michael Thomas, Saints agree to record-setting contract

Michael Thomas

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.

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.

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.

Michael Thomas reportedly wants $20 million per year from Saints

Michael Thomas

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.

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 does not report to training camp, still seeking new contract

Michael Thomas

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.

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.

Saints to make Michael Thomas highest-paid WR in NFL?

Michael Thomas

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.

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.

Saints WR Michael Thomas reveals who he believes is best player in draft

Michael Thomas

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.

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.

Michael Thomas thinks Steelers will be in trouble without Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers fans may think they don’t need Antonio Brown because they already have a top wide receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster, but one of the best players in the NFL at the position does not think it will be nearly that simple.

Shortly after Antonio Brown took to Twitter on Tuesday to bid farewell to Steeler Nation, Thomas shared his thoughts on how Pittsburgh might look without the seven-time Pro Bowler. The New Orleans Saints star does not think it will be pretty.

There’s certainly some truth to that. You could argue that Brown became the 1B to Smith-Schuster’s 1A in 2018, but A.B. still hauled in 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a whopping 15 touchdowns. The double-teams he demanded on certain plays helped open things up for Smith-Schuster, and it will be extremely difficult for the Steelers to replace that in their offense.

Brown remains under contract with the Steelers despite his farewell message, so he is probably just trying to force the team’s hand. It’s safe to assume Pittsburgh executives want to trade him because of how big of a headache he has become, but they’re not going to give him away.

Saints players throw shade at Rams, Los Angeles during SB

Michael Thomas

You think the Saints and city of New Orleans are over the NFC Championship Game? Not even close.

A few Saints players sent tweets while watching the Super Bowl on Sunday, and their saltiness was evident.

Wide receiver Michael Thomas said the Rams would have to score more than three points, which they didn’t:

Ted Ginn Jr. trolled Los Angeles, saying they better not cry.

One of the worst blown calls in league history kept the Saints from playing in the Super Bowl against the Patriots, while the Rams went instead. New Orleans will never forget that call, and seeing the Rams get held to three point in their place probably stings even more. So do comments like this from Nickell Robey-Coleman.