The New Orleans Saints came one bad call away from reaching Super Bowl 53 against the New England Patriots, but instead the Los Angeles Rams reaped the rewards of an NFC Championship.
The Saints have made minor tweaks to their roster so far this offseason, while also assuring they don't overreact to the obvious.
This includes taking care of one of their own. Star receiver Michael Thomas is looking for a contract extension, and the Saints have every intention to give him his money.
Contract extension negotiations between New Orleans and WR Michael Thomas are progressing. Sources say Saints are comfortable making him the highest paid receiver in the game. #Saints— Dianna (@diannaESPN) June 18, 2019
The current highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL is Cleveland Browns wideout Odell Beckham Jr. who signed a five-year, $90 million contract before the New York Giants traded him.
New Orleans is reportedly comfortable with giving Thomas a contract that would eclipse those numbers. Considering he is making only $1.2 million per year on his rookie contract, it is safe to say he is at least in line for a major pay raise.
#Saints and WR Michael Thomas are making progress on a long-term extension and the expectation is a deal gets done before training camp, per @diannaESPN. The team is comfortable making Thomas the highest paid WR in the NFL.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) June 18, 2019
Thomas broke out as one of, if not the, top young receivers in all of the NFL, and has cemented himself as a top-five wideout in the league. While the current terms being discussed aren't known to the public, Thomas is young enough at just 26 to ensure the Saints get a good return on this deal. It's a win-win.
If he were to be made the highest paid receiver in the league, it would probably not hold for too long, with Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones also working on an extension. Nonetheless, it's well-deserved and another forward-thinking move by one of the best organizations in the NFL.