D.A.: Saints Wise To Extend Thomas

The Saints agreed to an historic contract with Michael Thomas on Wednesday

The DA Show
July 31, 2019 - 10:45 am
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Well, that ends that holdout.

The New Orleans Saints gave wide receiver Michael Thomas a five-year, $100 million extension Wednesday. The deal includes $61 million guaranteed – the most guaranteed money for any non-quarterback offensive player in NFL history.

“I totally agree with the Saints doing this,” Damon Amendolara said on The DA Show, reacting to the deal in real time. “I don’t know if Michael Thomas should be the highest-paid non-QB ever, but what we know is all of these salary records are meant to be broken, so he won’t be that for long. And for the Saints, he represents one of the important pieces of the chess board in trying to win a Super Bowl with this crew right now.”

Thomas, an Ohio State product, was a second-round pick in 2016. He had 92 catches for 1,137 yards as a rookie, and those numbers have increased in each of the last two seasons. Last year, he had an NFL-leading 125 receptions for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns.

“To know the Saints’ history is to know this is a very special time that may never come again – and it might be fleeting,” Amendolara said. “Before Drew Brees and Sean Payton and arrived, it had been a long time for Saints fans to actually believe they could win a Super Bowl. . . . This is a window that is closing. Yes, Brady and Brees are doing amazing things into their 40s, but how many great shots do you have? And even when Brees is great, how many great shots do you have? 

“I agree with the Saints,” Amendolara continued. “Even if Michael Thomas isn’t necessarily historic-money-worthy, he is worthy of the extension to make sure the Saints take advantage of the here and the now.”