Report: Michael Thomas, Saints “far apart” on new deal

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A report on Tuesday indicated that the Saints and wide receiver Michael Thomas are “progressing” toward a new contract, but word on Wednesday is that there’s still a way to go.

Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com reports that the two sides are “far apart” in negotiations for a new contract and that no deal is imminent at the moment. Duncan adds that both Thomas and the Saints are “motivated” to get a deal done before training camp opens next month, so there figure to be more conversations focused on getting the ball moving.

Thomas is looking for a new deal at the same time as Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Amari Cooper. One member of that group of star wideouts landing a deal may help smooth the way for the others, but no one has taken the plunge yet and we’ll have to wait to see which one will leap first.

Thomas has more catches through three seasons than any other wideout in NFL history and said recently that he feels “pretty certain” all will be taken care of in a timely manner.

29 responses to “Report: Michael Thomas, Saints “far apart” on new deal

  1. Ponto60 says:
    June 19, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Saints should trade him or just move on. Stupid to overpay for a dime a dozen WR.

    The problem with trading him is that no team will trade what he is worth and then also fork out the contract that he wants. Too costly. If only the Vikings would have drafted him instead of Treadwell. Then the Saints would not be worrying about how much to pay him.

  2. re Ponto60 “stupid to overpay for a dime a dozen WR”
    last 2 yrs
    229 catches 2650 yards and 14 TD
    sorry dude but those are hardly dime a dozen WR stats

  3. Of course they are. I would deal him now for a high 2nd rd pick to a crap team with cap space.

    Any player willing to destroy a team’s cap position does not want to win.

  4. I heard some Saints fans talking about how this deal will get done and the Saints take care of their players.

    Nothing could be further from the the truth.

    I’ve always heard the Saints Org. is hard to deal with. Case in point

    Two things that come to mind…. didn’t Drew Bree’s have to file a grievance with the players association to get something clarified on his franchise tag in 2012?

    Also that other instance when they didn’t want pay Jimmy Graham his money over if he was a TE or WR stuff?

    Just sayin folks Just sayin

  5. this new mindset of next up contract for a position should be bigger than the last is ridiculous. take in consideration talent and production…jesus!

  6. dirtybirdnation says:
    June 19, 2019 at 12:02 pm
    I heard some Saints fans talking about how this deal will get done and the Saints take care of their players.

    Nothing could be further from the the truth.

    I’ve always heard the Saints Org. is hard to deal with. Case in point

    Two things that come to mind…. didn’t Drew Bree’s have to file a grievance with the players association to get something clarified on his franchise tag in 2012?

    Also that other instance when they didn’t want pay Jimmy Graham his money over if he was a TE or WR stuff?

    Just sayin folks Just sayin

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    If you mean overpaying a ton of players and whiffing on picks in cap hell all the time, not budgeting for in house players, yes, they are hard to deal with.

    The worst thing they could do with a HOF QB is wildly overpay a WR to appease their fans.

  7. magakag says:
    June 19, 2019 at 11:47 am
    Brees’ albatross of a contract is the problem here.
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    Yeah, that 2 yr, 50 mil deal is way above what other QBs are getting. LOL

  8. We have seen this before, San Diego threw a ton of money at WR Robert Mechan and could wait to see him leave, then Seattle thought they was getting a great deal with Jimmy Graham, and was happy to see him go too. Don’t hate the player….love the system! A huge Mike Thomas fan, but got to put a cap on it.

  9. Why is Thomas so widely thought if as average? Ths guy dropped like 4 passes in last 3 yrs! Brees is a HOF QB no doubt but Thomas has made him look like his arm is throwing ducks. Because Drew is throwing g ducks.

  10. Brees’ albatross of a contract is the problem here.

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    This has been a false narrative for years. There are 9 QBs who make more than Brees.

  11. Thomas probably sees that his first ballot HOF QB is 40 years old, and he doesn’t want to sign a long term deal and have Taysom Hill throwing him passes for the majority of the contract.

  12. Dominick Monaco says:
    June 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Would love to see him in a Giants uniform catching passes from Daniel Jones
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    They could trade OBJ for him straight up.

  13. Looks like SWFLPC.INC is still trying to sell the false narrative of Brees interception in overtime of NFCC.
    Fowler hit Brees arm…was clearly shown in replay at the time…and is easily seen in the several videos available on line

  14. damcmp says:
    June 19, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    this new mindset of next up contract for a position should be bigger than the last is ridiculous. take in consideration talent and production…jesus!
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    Is talent and production taken into consideration when a player is stuck playing on a below market rookie contract for 4 years? Nobody ever whines when a player is getting severely underpaid so let’s not whine later when they attempt to get every penny they can.

  15. magakag says:
    June 19, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Brees’ albatross of a contract is the problem here
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    Michael Thomas would not be Michael Thomas without that albatross slinging the rock.

  16. This is a perfect example of when a team should use the “What would the Patriots Do” strategy…

    The Patriots have showed the league the blueprint for winning consistently…I won’t list them all but:

    Rule #1…Have a Great QB
    Rule #2…Have a Great Coach
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    Rule #27…Don’t rest starters for the playoffs
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    Rule #32…Don’t overpay WRs. They’re one of the most replaceable positions in the game and their success mostly depends on Rule #1…#facts

  17. The sad truth about the league is that most of it’s best athletes don’t play QB and unfortunately for them, they’re not going to get what they deserve because of it.

    Teams need to stop over-paying for mediocre QB talent. When players like Bortles, Mariotta, Winston, Fitzmagic, etc are making more money than the best WRs or RBs teams will never be able to pay them what they’re worth because they believe that they HAVE to pay their QB the most.

  18. Drew Brees isn’t worth $27 million a year (his 2019 salary) at this stage of his career. He was off target and has difficulty throwing long passes.He was struggling late in the 2018 season. He is their best option but still.
    The NFL needs to do something about QB contracts.

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