The Saints just spent a bunch of money they werenít supposed to have this offseason. Could it come back to bite them when it comes time to pay Thomas?" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteCanal Street Chroniclesa New Orleans Saints communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibrarySaintsOddsAboutMa stheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialDo the Saintsí recent free agent additions hurt their chances at retaining Michael Thomas?New New Orleans Saints Jermon Bushrod Jersey
,1commentThe Saints just spent a bunch of money they werenít supposed to have this offseason. Could it come back to bite them when it comes time to pay Thomas?CDTShareTweetShareShareDo the Saintsí recent free agent additions hurt their chances at retaining Michael Thomas?Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesThe Saints have been very active during the 2019 free agency period. So far, theyíve signed defensive tackles Malcom Brown and Mario Edwards, running back Latavius Murray, offensive lineman Nick Easton, return specialist Marcus Sherels, and tight end Jared Cook.On the surface, it appears the Saints have opened the vaults in order to shore up the most glaring deficiencies on their current roster. Sheldon Rankinsí Achilles injury and David Onyemataís impending drug suspension forced the Saints to sign Brown and Edwards. Mark Ingramís exit made Murrayís signing a necessity in order to bolster the running back room.Max Ungerís sudden retirement meant the Saints needed to sign another lineman who could play both center and guard. Ben Watsonís retirement created an immediate need at the tight end position, which lead to the signing of pass-heavy, block-light Cook. The Saints have always needed an upgrade at returner, so theyíve essentially rented Sherels for one year.As a fan, Iíve been excited watching the news of new signings come across the television or iPhone screen. But I wonder if there are players in the building who donít share my same enthusiasm. Outside of Drew Brees, there isnít one other player, whose contract expires after this season, who is more vital to the Saintsí success than wide receiver Michael Thomas.Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesI canít help but wonder if he secretly stews in displeasure with each of these signings as he sees more money being allocated to free agents while he continues to play on his paltry rookie salary. Thomasís contract runs through this upcoming season and will have paid him base salaries of $450,000 in 2016, $682,681 in 2017, $915,361 in 2018, and $1,148,041 in 2019. New Orleans Saints Erik McCoy Jersey
Along with bonuses, Thomas will earn $5,257,440 during his first four years in the league.We can easily make the argument that Michael Thomas is better than Seth Roberts who makes $5,242,500 per year with the Raiders. We can also confidently make the argument that Thomas is as impactful as Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, and DeAndre Hopkins who all make between $14 and $18 million a year.We can play devilís advocate as well and make the argument that pay in the NFL simply doesnít make ďcentsĒ when we compare salaries apples to apples along with player production. For instance, Vikings two time Pro Bowler Adam Thielen makes about the same ($4 Womens Jermon Bushrod 2019 Jersey
,811,500/year) as the Bengalsí 1st round draft flop and perpetually injured John Ross ($4,278,966/year). This past season another Bengals receiver, A.J. Green earned $15 million while playing in nine games and registering 46 receptions for 694 yards and six touchdowns. In the same season, the Chiefsí Tyreek Hill earned $646,555 while playing in 16 games and registering 87 receptions for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns.Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty ImagesItís clear, most players arenít paid what they are actually worth. Many are paid more than they produce and many more are paid less than their production should net them. Itís also clear that the price tags for receivers will only increase north of the $20 Million per year mark, and the Saints should brace themselves for the $19 Million raise their star wide receiver has fairly earned.Sure, they could place the exclusive franchise tag on Thomas in 2020 for around $17 million, but the Saints must ask themselves, is saving $3 million worth potentially pissing off one of your most valuable offensive assets? What if Thomas takes the tender as an insult or an indictment against the Saintsí best intentions to invest in him long-term, past the Drew Brees era? He could sit out training camp, or worse, the season, like LeíVeon Bell did. That doesnít seem like his nature, but the NFL is changing and players are less afraid to stand their ground in negotiations.Itís not like the Saints havenít had a heads up that Thomas is a reliable, productive, and positive locker room presence. Thatís all he has been over the past three seasons. The second round pick out of Ohio State has amassed more than 90 receptions and 1,100 all three years he has been in the league. Heís broken the all time record for most catches through his first three seasons with 321 receptions. Heís caught 23 touchdowns while only missing one game back in his rookie season. His 85% catch rate in 2018 was an NFL record that was previously set by Wes Welker, 77.2% in 2007. This dude takes care of his body, perfects his craft, and has an immeasurable level of leadership and competitive ability thatís absolutely contagious. I remember sitting in the friends and family hang inside the Dome following last yearís season opening loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs. I asked Sean Paytonís assistant if the Saints were getting ready to pay Michael Thomas like Odell Beckham Jr. and he replied, ďhe wants it now.ĒThat was in September of 2018. Then, in November, Thomasí agent David Mulugheta terminated their working relationship citing a ďdifference in opinion.Ē What that difference was, we canít be sure, but as Adam Schefter pointed out, itís rare for an agent to end a client relationship prior to a big pay day.Though Thomas has finished only his third year in the league, he is already onto his third agent. After firing Christopher Ellison of First Picks Sports Management, Thomas switched to Mulugheta Cheap Jermon Bushrod Youth Jersey
, who later terminated their relationship.