Michael Thomas

#13 WR / New Orleans Saints / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 212 lb Age: 26 College: Ohio State Bye 9

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Gets $100 million extension

    Michael Thomas agreed to terms Wednesday with the New Orleans Saints on a five-year contract extension worth up to $100 million, league sources tell Adam Schefter of ESPN.Thomas didn't report for the start of training camp last week while seeking a new deal and didn't have to wait long to receive a long-term contract that keeps him in New Orleans through 2024. The 2018 first-team All-Pro will earn $1.15 million in the final year of his rookie deal before the extension goes into effect in 2020. At that time, he'll become the NFL's highest-paid wideout, with his lavish deal including $19.25 million annually and $61 million guaranteed. Thomas' extension could set the market for other high-end receivers seeking new deals before the upcoming season, with Atlanta's Julio Jones being the most notable of that group.

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Holding out for contract

    Michael Thomas isn't reporting for the start of training camp, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.Entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, Thomas reportedly is seeking a pact that will put him first among all wide receivers in average annual value. A report from June suggested the two sides were far apart on compensation, with the 26-year-old seeking $22 million per season and the New Orleans Saints thinking more along the lines of $18 million.

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Far apart in contract talks

    Michael Thomas and the New Orleans Saints are still far apart in extension negotiations, Jeff Duncan of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.Thomas reportedly wants $22 million per season, while the Saints are angling for around $18 million, which would put him close to Odell Beckham Jr. and a little ahead of Antonio Brown. The 25-year-old wideout currently is traveling in Europe, and he hasn't made any noise about a potential holdout as he prepares for the final season of his rookie contract. It may be hard to settle on a price when both sides know that A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Amari Cooper also are in the process of discussing extensions with their respective teams. Dianna Russini of ESPN reports that the Saints are comfortable making Thomas the highest paid wide receiver in the league, but that doesn't mean they'll go up to $22 million.

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Signs with new agent

    Michael Thomas has signed with a new agent from the same agency, now working with Andrew Kessler of Athletes First, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.Thomas has averaged 107 catches for 1,262 yards and 7.7 TDs in three pro seasons, and his status as a second-round pick means the New Orleans Saints don't have the ability to exercise a fifth-year option on his rookie contract. The soon-to-be 26-year-old thus figures to sign a massive extension at some point this offseason, with a franchise tag looming in 2020 if no agreement comes into place. Thomas has a solid argument to match Odell Beckham, who signed a five-year, $90 million extension in August with $41 million fully guaranteed (per overthecap.com).

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Limited in NFC title loss

    Michael Thomas brought in four of seven targets for 36 yards during the New Orleans Saints' 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.In the regular-season meeting with the Rams, Thomas trampled Los Angeles to the tune of 12 receptions for 211 yards. It was a drastically different story Sunday, however, as the presence of Aquib Talib for the postseason matchup and what appeared to be a different defensive game plan overall completely changed the dynamic. Thomas did seem to have an excellent chance for a touchdown in the first half go by the wayside due to a bad pass by Drew Brees, but his performance was otherwise as pedestrian as his line would suggest. It was the most lackluster of conclusions to what was an otherwise spectacular 2018 campaign for Thomas, one that saw him set or equal new career highs across the board with a 125-1,405-9 line over 16 games, and post a record-setting 171-yard performance in a divisional-round win over the Eagles.

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Explodes for spectacular line

    Michael Thomas brought in 12 of 16 targets for a franchise-playoff-record 171 yards and a touchdown in the New Orleans Saints' 20-14 divisional-round playoff win over the Eagles on Sunday.Thomas was as masterful in Sunday's postseason tilt as he was during a career-best regular campaign that he finished with an eye-popping 125-1,405-9 line. The third-year pro made key reception after key reception throughout the afternoon, helping the Saints climb out of an early 14-0 hole to forge a tenuous 20-14 lead late in the fourth quarter. The 25-year-old's two-yard touchdown late in the third period gave New Orleans the lead in the contest for the first time and capped off a game-turning 18-play, 92-yard drive. Thomas will undoubtedly play a similarly prominent role in next Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus a Rams team that runs a high-octane attack highly reminiscent of that of his own squad.

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: May only see light work

    Michael Thomas is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers but may not take on his usual snap load, John DeShazier of the New Orleans Saints' official site reports.The Saints have already made quarterback Drew Brees and running back Alvin Kamara inactive for a mostly meaningless regular-season finale, and it's expected that other core skill-position players like Thomas and Mark Ingram will see only light action, if any. With New Orleans having already sewn up the NFC's No. 1 seed in the postseason, there's little upside to playing Thomas extensively and exposing him to injury in Week 17. Instead, fill-in signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater is expected to throw to a pass-catching group of lesser established options such as Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood, Austin Carr, Tommylee Lewis and Dan Arnold for much of the game.

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Hits century mark, notches TD

    Michael Thomas corralled 11 of 13 targets, compiling 109 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 31-28 win against the Steelers.Prior to Sunday's breakout performance, Thomas hadn't been quite the downfield threat he was during the first half of the regular season -- failing to exceed 100 yards and averaging 64.5 YPG between Weeks 10 and 15, compared to three 100-yard outings and 110 YPG over the first eight games of the year. The 25-year-old Thomas snapped a four-game scoreless streak with his clutch, go-ahead 2-yard touchdown catch with 1:25 to go in regulation against Pittsburgh. Now that New Orleans has the NFC's No. 1 seed locked up, Thomas may rest against a Carolina defense that's allowed the fourth-most receiving yards (2,632) and the sixth-most touchdowns (19) to opposing WRs this season.

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Held under 50 yards

    Michael Thomas caught seven of nine targets for 49 yards in Monday night's 12-9 win over the Panthers.Thomas tied Alvin Kamara for New Orleans' team lead in receptions and looks through the air. Although another seven catches proved helpful, Thomas was held under 50 yards for the third time in his last four games. That stretch has coincided with an overall dip in the New Orleans Saints' passing potency, as Drew Brees hasn't topped 205 yards since Week 11, which is also the last time Thomas scored a touchdown. Given that recent slump, Thomas and his quarterback will hope Week 16's matchup against the Steelers can see them rediscover their best form.

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    Saints' Michael Thomas: Vintage performance in division win

    Michael Thomas brought in 11 of his 13 targets for 98 yards in the New Orleans Saints' 28-14 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.Thomas was back to playing the alpha dog of the Saints passing attack, posting a double-digit catch total for the first time since Week 9. The third-year wideout dominated the short-to-medium-passing window throughout the contest, logging his third-highest target total of the season in the process. Thomas has the potential to generate a stat line the caliber of Sunday's in any given week, and he'll look to build on the performance versus the vulnerable Panthers secondary in a Week 15 divisional matchup.