With training camp opening up for teams around the league, the New Orleans Saints are facing stiff contract negotiations with Michael Thomas. He’s looking for a lucrative contract this offseason as he enters the final year of his rookie deal.
Thomas had a record-breaking season with New Orleans in 2018. In total, the former second-round pick has 321 receptions in just three years in the NFL – the most in league history.
New Orleans would be wise to retain Thomas for the foreseeable future, but there is always a debate as to how much money a wide receiver should earn.
Both sides aren’t on the same page yet in their negotiations, which means Thomas will officially begin his holdout.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Thomas has not arrived at the team’s facility for the start of training camp.
The expectation is that he’ll stay away from the field until his contract issues are resolved.
The #Saints have reported and WR Michael Thomas has not arrived at the facility, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. He’s seeking a new deal and the two sides are not there yet. Until they get there, he’ll stay away.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 25, 2019
Considering how dominant Thomas has been thus far in his career, it’d be hard to envision the Saints not handing him an extension.
The Saints have shown over the past two years that they’re on the cusp of winning another championship. If they want to avoid any distractions heading into the season, then paying Thomas is the most likely solution.
Stay tuned for the latest.