Report: Saints have made “progress” in talks with Michael Thomas

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The Saints have their quarterback for 2023. Will they have one of their top receivers?

Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports the Saints have made “progress recently” in conversations with Michael Thomas’ representation about a new contract. Underhill adds that a deal is “not done yet, but talks are productive.”

Thomas helped recruit Derek Carr, who selected the Saints over the Jets.

Thomas’ restructured contract from January calls for the Saints to pay a $31.7 million roster bonus if he’s on the roster March 17. He won’t be on the roster March 17 absent a new deal.

Thomas essentially controls whether he hits the free agent market after seven seasons in New Orleans.

His 526 receptions rank third all-time behind Marques Colston and Eric Martin, and his 6,121 yards and 35 touchdowns rank fourth on the franchise’s career list.

But in the three seasons since a 149-catch, 1,725-yard season in 2019, Thomas has only 56 receptions for 609 yards and three touchdowns.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96 million contract in July 2019. His next deal with whomever surely will be a salary cap-friendly, incentive-laden contract.

8 responses to “Report: Saints have made “progress” in talks with Michael Thomas

  1. Michael Thomas should be sued by the Saints- that man hasn’t played a full season in 3 years, and when he has been available- has been a shell of his former self. Cut him or let him walk- dude had an amazing season 4 years ago…go get Carr’s buddy from the Raiders. That would at least make the Saints formidable again- Derek Carr won’t do that on his own throwing to Olave.

  2. Have to let him go … we will see who picks up Thomas and if he can help another team …

  3. Thomas is a perfect example of players(and there’s entirely too many of them now days) who sign the HUGE contract and then take years off and don’t even try to play up to their potential and those huge contracts are the reason players do it, because they know they can! This is why 99% of contracts should be incentive based and if the player won’t sign them or demands all kinds of guaranteed money then send their a&& down the road and let some other team take the chance on them.

  4. He scored two TDs and had a huge game in the opener last year, then got hurt (again). Will never forget his first four years with the Saints – played at a HOF level. But he has to take a less – a lot less – with incentives – in order to stay. Will be sad to see him go if he leaves, but that’s life

  5. He should be released. He’s a locker room cancer and has done nothing but play BS injury games the past 2 years instead of getting his issues fixed to help out. This Guy has real mental issues and needs to go away.

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