Michael Thomas is on the verge of receiving a significant raise to his salary. However, it might take a little time before he reaches a fair deal with the New Orleans Saints.
It’s easy to see why Thomas deserves a massive extension from the Saints. The former second-round pick holds the NFL record for the most receptions by a player through his first three seasons.
Last season, Thomas led the league with 125 receptions for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. New Orleans needed an epic performance from him in the NFC Divisional Round to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Saints are clearly trying to re-sign Thomas as soon as possible, but the two sides aren’t on the same page when it comes to their asking price.
Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune is reporting that the Saints and Thomas are roughly $4 million apart in contract negotiations.
Thomas’ camp brought their asking price down to $22 million, meanwhile New Orleans is looking to spend roughly $18 million per season.
Latest intel on Michael Thomas contract talks, per sources:
•Sides are roughly $4M apart in Average Per Year.
• Thomas' camp has come down to $22M asking price.
• Saints in $18M APY neigborhood.
• Thomas is currently in Europe so again nothing is imminent.
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) June 21, 2019
Odell Beckham Jr. is the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL with an average salary of $18 million. It’d be wise to guess that Thomas’ agent is looking to surpass that mark.
With training camp roughly one month away, both sides would benefit of reaching an agreement before workouts begin.