Saints’ Sean Payton is ‘sure’ Michael Thomas next to get contract extension
The New Orleans Saints have taken care of star defensive end Cameron Jordan after recently handing him a new contract extension. And head coach Sean Payton is “sure” wide receiver Michael Thomas is next in line to get paid.
Thomas is in the final year of his rookie contract, and Payton believes GM Mickey Loomis is already getting ready to have a deal in place.
“He’s been very consistent and he’ll be the next one I am sure,” Payton said at a Tuesday press conference per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. “[GM Mickey Loomis] will be working. I know that they probably have already begun discussions. I leave that to those guys to handle. He competes, he is durable, and he is someone that enjoys playing.”
Thomas, who was drafted in the second round by the Saints in 2016, has been among the most productive wide receivers in the entire NFL since coming into the league.
He’s flourished in Payton’s offensive system, exceeded 1,100 receiving yards in each of his first three years in the league while averaging over 100 catches and eight touchdowns per season.
Thomas is coming off the best year of his career in 2018. He set new career-highs with 125 receptions and 1,405 receiving yards to go along with nine touchdowns as he was voted First-Team All-Pro.
With that sort of production, the Saints will obviously be eager to lock Thomas down to a long-term deal. However, Thomas will likely be looking to be among the best-paid wide receivers, so the Saints better be ready to pay up if they want to keep Thomas around.