New Orleans Saints star Michael Thomas is now the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history. Wednesday, the two sides agreed to a five-year, $100 million extension that makes Thomas the highest non-QB offensive player in the NFL.
Thomas, who has been with the franchise for three years after being drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, was holding out of camp hoping to score a new deal with his team. It looks like it worked.
ESPN’s Adam Scheffer reports that the deal includes $61 million of new guaranteed money.
Thomas, who played at Ohio State, was not considered an elite receiver heading into the 2016 NFL Draft. Clearly, that analysis was wrong.
The record breaking $100M deal that WR Michael Thomas & the Saints have agreed to includes $61M in New Guaranteed Money, which is the most in NFL history for a Non-QB offensive player. This massive extension was negotiated by @DavidMulugheta and Andrew Kessler of Athletes First.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2019
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, in three seasons, has racked up 321 catches for 3,787 yards with 23 touchdowns. He turned 26 this past March, so he’s got a number of good years left for the Saints.
This past season, Thomas led the NFL in receptions with 125.
New Orleans, after a heartbreaking end to their 2018 campaign, looks locked and loaded heading into 2019.