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The New Orleans Saints Extend the Contract of Michael Thomas Making Him Highest Paid Wide Receiver

Introduction

The New Orleans Saints showed how much they value their superstar number one receiver. On Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 Michael Thomas and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a five year $100 million contract extension. This transaction includes a $20 million signing bonus and $61 million of the agreement is guaranteed money to sweeten the deal.

This new contract extension enables New Orleans to retain the remarkable services of Michael Thomas for the next six years as he will lace up his cleats for the Saints through the 2024 – 2025 NFL season. Thomas is now the highest paid wide receiver in the National Football League. His average salary has increased to $20 million per year.

Proof of Production

The New Orleans Saints made a wise decision by selecting the former Ohio State Buckeye with the 47th overall pick (2nd round) in the 2016 NFL draft. The now 26 year old explosive and highly talented wide out has only played 3 NFL seasons, and he has cemented himself as one of the most productive and efficient receivers in the game of football at the moment. Thomas has made a strong case that he may actually be the best pass catcher in the NFL and it is obvious when analyzing his production numbers.

Thomas has pulled in 321 receptions for a total of 3,787 receiving yards to go along with his 23 touchdowns over the previous 3 years playing in the National Football League with authority. The 2018 – 2019 NFL season was easily his best year of work thus far. He led the league in completions last year with 125 of them.

This helped earn him First Team All Pro honors in 2018 where he was selected to his second Pro Bowl (2017, 2018) as well. His efficiency was demonstrated through his unbelievable 85% completion percentage which is by far the most by any wide receiver. No other wide out targeted 100 times or more in 2018 has caught over 74% of the passes thrown their way. Thomas was targeted by his elite superstar quarterback, Drew Brees, 147 times during the Saints previous campaign.

Michael Thomas' Career Regular Season Statistics

    Game Game Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece    
Year Tm G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Fmb AV
2016 NOR 15 12 121 92 1137 12.4 9 46 6.1 75.8 76.00% 9.4 2 10
2017 NOR 16 14 149 104 1245 12 5 43 6.5 77.8 69.80% 8.4 0 13
2018 NOR 16 16 147 125 1405 11.2 9 72 7.8 87.8 85.00% 9.6 2 17

Michael Thomas' Career Playoff Statistics

    Game Game Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece Rece  
Year Tm G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Fmb
2017 NOR 2 2 22 15 216 14.4 2 46 7.5 108 68.20% 9.8 0
2018 NOR 2 2 23 16 207 12.9 1 42 8 103.5 69.60% 9 0

Super Bowl Odds According to Bovada:

 

 

Football - NFL Futures

 

 

SUPER BOWL 54 (2020) - Odds to Win

 

 

New England Patriots +700

 

 

Kansas City Chiefs +800

 

 

New Orleans Saints +850

 

 

Los Angeles Rams +900

 

 

Chicago Bears +1200

 

 

Cleveland Browns +1200

 

 

Indianapolis Colts +1400

 

 

Los Angeles Chargers +1600

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles +1600

 

 

Green Bay Packers +1800

 

 

Pittsburgh Steelers +2000

 

 

Dallas Cowboys +2200

 

 

Minnesota Vikings +2500

 

 

San Francisco 49ers +3000

 

 

Seattle Seahawks +3000

 

 

Atlanta Falcons +3300

 

 

Baltimore Ravens +3300

 

 

Houston Texans +3300

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars +3300

 

 

Carolina Panthers +4500

 

 

Denver Broncos +6000

 

 

Oakland Raiders +6000

 

 

Tennessee Titans +7000

 

 

Detroit Lions +8000

 

 

New York Giants +8000

 

 

New York Jets +8000

 

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +8000

 

 

Arizona Cardinals +10000

 

 

Buffalo Bills +10000

 

 

Washington Redskins +10000

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals +12500

 

 

Miami Dolphins +15000

 

 

Sources:

 

 

“Saints, WR Thomas reach $100M deal”, espn.com, July 31, 2019.

 

 

“Report: Michael Thomas, Saints Agree to Record 5-Year, $100M Contract”, Paul Kasabian, bleacherreport.com, July 31, 2019.

 

 

“Michael Thomas”, spotrac.com, July 31, 2019.

 

 

“Michael Thomas”, pro-football-reference.com, July 31, 2019.

 

 

“NFL Futures - Next Events”, bovada.lv, July 31, 2019.


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