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Can the Saints Pull Off Getting Michael Thomas What He Wants in a New Deal?

The last two seasons New Orleans Saints fans have seen just how good Michael Thomas can be. He’s the best wide out on a team with Super Bowl dreams, and the Saints and their fans know they just cannot afford to lose him.

If you check a BetAmerica promotions you can see that the Saints are still one of the heavy favorites to be in the Super Bowl hunt in the NFC, and along with the Los Angeles Rams it could be the same NFC Championship Game from a season ago.

But back to Thomas, who last season caught 125 passes for 1405 yards and nine scores, there is a huge issue for the team and that is trying to get their best pass catcher under contract.

Thomas has earned it without question, as over the last three seasons he has caught 321 passes for 3787 yards and 23 touchdowns.

He’s a short threat, a downfield threat, and even a guy that has shown he can break tackles for big gains. Which puts him in a position for a big gain in terms of a new contract.

Thomas though is not going to come cheap, as in a recent tweet form the New Orleans Times-Picayune it stated that Thomas wants big money, money that the Saints are going to have to find somewhere in their payroll.

The article states that Thomas wants a deal that will pay him an average of $22 million per season, which is huge considering that no NFL wide out currently makes an average of even $20 million per year.

New Cleveland Browns wide out Odell Beckham is the highest paid receiver currently in the NFL, and his deal pays him an average of $18 million per season.

It is tough to think that the Saints are going to be able to give Thomas $22 million an average per season, but it could be done by the Saints getting creative.

Look for the Saints to look to get a huge signing bonus for Thomas, which will help out with the annual salary.

If you can see the team looking at a four-year deal worth say $75 million with a very high guarantee, it is likely that the two sides at some point this summer will be signing on the dotted line.

The issue – can the Saints pull it off, and will Thomas be willing to not be the highest paid in the league?

Those are questions only he can answer, and ones that will have to come soon with the team wanting to get this deal done so they can move on to other ventures.

Saints Hosting Corners Cory Sensabaugh, Prince Charles Iworah and Kayvon Webster

The Saints are hosting a trio of free agent cornerbacks on Wednesday as they attempt to flesh out their secondary according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com.

Those corners are Cory Sensabaugh, Prince Charles Iworah, and Kayvon Webster.

Sensabaugh, originally a fourth-round pick out of Clemson in 2012, has played for the Titans, Rams, Giants, and Steelers in his seven-year NFL career. The 30-year-old has mostly been a backup in his career and spent the 2018 season in Pittsburgh.

Iworah is younger, only 26, but has struggled to gain traction in the league. He entered the NFL as a seventh-round pick out of Western Kentucky by the 49ers in 2016 and has bounced around the league ever since.

Webster is probably the most talented of the three but also comes with a troubling injury history as he tore his Achilles in 2017 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams and hasn’t looked the same since. Originally a third-round pick of the Denver Broncos out of South Florida in 2013, tyhe 28-year-old Webster spent the 2018 season with the Houston Texans but played only 10 defensive snaps before landing on injured reserve. The Bears and 49ers are also apparently interested in his services.

Saints Ink Running Backs Matt Dayes and Javorius “Buck” Allen

The Saints announced the signing of running backs Matt Dayes and Javorius “Buck” Allen, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

To make room for the additions, the Saints waived two undrafted rookies, running back A.J. Ouellette and cornerback Jordan Wyatt.

The team hosted a handful of running backs for workouts last Thursday, and Dayes and Allen will join a Saints group led by Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray.

Dayes, a North Carolina State product, was a seventh-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2017. As a rookie, he played 16 games but had just five carries for 13 yards and four catches for 29 yards.

Allen, a former USC standout, was a fourth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. In 54 games for the Ravens the past four seasons, Allen had 340 carries for 1,249 yards and eight touchdowns as well as 129 catches for 814 yards and six touchdowns. He added 16 tackles, too.

Check out the Complete 2019 New Orleans Saints Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Saints fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Saints slate!

Sept. 9 Houston Texans (Mon) 7:10
Sept. 15 at Los Angeles Rams 4:25
Sept. 22 at Seattle Seahawks 4:25
Sept. 29 Dallas Cowboys 8:20
Oct. 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00
Oct. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00
Oct. 20 at Chicago Bears 4:25
Oct. 27 Arizona Cardinals 1:00
Bye
Nov. 10 Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Nov. 17 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00
Nov. 24 Carolina Panthers 1:00
Nov. 28 at Atlanta Falcons (Thanksgiving) 8:20
Dec. 8 San Francisco 49ers 1:00
Dec. 16 Indianapolis Colts (Mon) 8:15
Dec. 22 at Tennessee Titans 1:00
Dec. 29 at Carolina Panthers 1:00

Saints Center Max Unger Announces Retirement

Saints center Max Unger has announced his retirement according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Originally a second-round pick out of Oregon by the Seatle Seahawks in 2009, Unger spent six years anchoring the Seahawks’ offensive line before being traded to the Saints in 2015. A dependable starter in the middle of New Orleans’ O-line the past four seasons, Unger logged 1,012 snaps at center (17th-most at his position) just last year.

The 32-year-old had one year and $5.1 million remaining on his current deal. The Saints will save $6.95 million in cash and cap space, but Unger’s move to the reserve/retired list will still count for $1.75M in dead money against the team.

It is possible the Saints look elsewhere for help, but as it stands, 2017 UDFA Cameron Tom is an in-house candidate to replace Unger for the upcoming season.

Saints Restructure QB Drew Brees’ Contract for Cap Space

The Saints have restructured the contract of veteran quarterback Drew Brees according to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The basic restructure turned some of Brees’ salary into a signing bonus, creating $10.8 million in cap space. The move sends that $10.8 million hit into what will be a voided year in 2020, meaning Brees will count at least $21.3 million against the 2020 cap whether or not he is on the team.

That hit will be tough to swallow, but the Saints are as win-now as any organization in the league and have less available cap space than almost any other team in the NFL.

They are hosting tight end Jared Cook and defensive lineman Mario Edwards on visits, planning to host defensive end Ezekiel Ansah on a visit and hoping to re-sign backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and need cash to do so.

RB Latavius Murray Set to Sign a Four-Year Deal with the Saints

The Saints will have a shakeup at the running back spot for 2019, as the team is signing former Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray to a four-year deal worth $14.4 million.

The move means that Mark Ingram, who was part of the teams’ 1-2 punch at running back with Alvin Kamara, is likely not coming back to New Orleans.

While Murray is not the pass catcher that Ingram is, the 29-year-old can still be a big asset in the run game for the Saints, as last year he rushed for 578 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per carry for the Vikings.

Ingram over his eight seasons with the Saints was a productive runner, going for 6,007 rushing yards and 50 rushing scores.

Saints QB Drew Brees Finishes Second to Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes in NFL MVP Voting

If you would have gotten a William Hill Promo Code at the start of the season and checked out their site to bet the NFL MVP award, the name Patrick Mahomes would have not been found anywhere on the list for possible candidates for the 2018 MVP of the league.

Mahomes, the young quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, had a season for the ages, and he was rewarded for it on Saturday night at the NFL Honors event, coming in first past Saints quarterback Drew Brees for the leagues Most Valuable Player award.

The voting was not even close, as Mahomes received 41 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league, easily beating out Brees, who earned nine votes.

“I’m so humbled,” Mahomes said. “This is just the beginning. We’ve got a long ways to go.”

Both Brees and Mahomes had great seasons, but due to the somewhat late season slump by Brees, it was obvious what player was going to win the award.

All Mahomes did in his first season as a starter under center for the Chiefs was throw for over 5000 yards and 50 touchdowns, video game like numbers for a player who saw very little playing time while sitting back and watching Alex Smith a year ago from the sidelines lead the Chiefs.

Smith was dealt to the Washington Redskins last offseason, opening the door for Mahomes, who knocked it down, and then used an axe to take the door apart and throw it into a fire as he dominated the league from opening day on, leading the Chiefs to the best record in the AFC.

As for Brees, the 40-year-old starter of the Saints, who had the NFC’s best record before losing to the Rams in a disputed NFC Title Game, has still never won the MVP award in his 18 NFL seasons,

Overall it is the fourth time Brees finished second in the voting. He was the runner-up in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

The voting shifted when the Saints offense had a few weeks of struggle after starting the season 10-1.

At that point he had thrown 29 touchdowns with two picks, but in his final four games he had his issues, throwing just three touchdowns and three interceptions along with a passer rating of 84.7 before sitting out Week 17.

Even if Brees would have been great those last four games it probably wouldn’t have been enough to close the gap between himself and Mahomes, who simply was the best player in the league in 2018.