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Sean Payton Expects Michael Thomas to be Next Saints Player to Get Extended

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints runs the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints | Chris Graythen

After Cameron Jordan received a new three-year contract worth $52.5 million on Tuesday, the Saints head coach Sean Payton has declared that New Orleans focus has now shifted to signing another one of its standouts for the long haul: wide receiver Michael Thomas.

Thomas is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the Saints can ill-afford to let a player of his caliber go through the season without his future locked in. He has made two Pro-Bowls in three seasons as a pro, with his best year coming in 2018 when he posted 125 receptions for 1,405 yards, both career bests to date.

Proving his worth last year and demonstrating his phenomenal connection with quarter back Drew Brees, Thomas was a pivotal part of spacing out defenses and giving Alvin Kamara room to maneuver out of the backfield.

Thomas is an absolute force at wide receiver, an almost impossible cover for defensive backs on the opposition. At only 26 years old, we surely haven't even seen the best that he has to offer-- a scary thought for opposing defenses.

For the Saints, signing up Jordan to additional years was integral to keeping their defense intact, but locking up Thomas is vital to ensuring the team's future even more profound ways.