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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.

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One Response to “Can the Saints Pull Off Getting Michael Thomas What He Wants in a New Deal?”

  1. Berdj Joseph Rassam says:

    Hey if Beckham is getting $18M, he’s worth more than that. But the Saints can’t break the bank and hopefully will figure out a way to make it work within salary cap constraints. Thomas is no doubt “negotiating”

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