Michael Thomas’ new contract places him alongside Jerry Rice, Randy Moss in exclusive tier

first_imgThe wide receiver market in the NFL was reset Wednesday, and with his new contract, Michael Thomas entered a tier reserved for legends.With a five-year deal worth $100 million that includes $61 million in guarantees, the 26-year-old Saints star is now the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history. Thomas’ new average annual salary of $20 million places him among the NFL’s 25 highest-paid players in the league, which, for a receiver, says a lot. Thomas, who was New Orleans’ second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, ranks No. 1 in the NFL in both receptions and catch percentage over his three years in the league. He led the NFL in receptions last season with 125 for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns. SN placed Thomas third in its wide receiver rankings for 2019, behind only DeAndre Hopkins and Julio Jones.The fourth-year pro deserves his massive contract.Now the question is whether the money trail will lead to Canton as it did for Thomas’ highly paid predecessors. As pointed out by Sporting News NFL contributor Jason Fitzgerald, the founder of Overthecap.com, Thomas now has something in common with all-everything receivers Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson.MORE: Julio Jones next in line for a record-setting contract?Michael Thomas’ new $20M per year deal puts him in a unique group of just Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson as receivers with cap-inflated annual contract values of $20M+— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) July 31, 2019Rice and Moss are Options A and B in the greatest wide receiver of all time debate. Johnson and Fitzgerald are on their way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, too.Jason Fitzgerald also pointed out the other non-quarterback offensive players who have received contracts worth $20 million or more in annual, cap-inflated salary. That list — Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Emmitt Smith, Adrian Peterson, Curtis Martin, Chris Johnson, Jonathan Ogden and Tony Boselli — further illustrates the elite company Thomas now keeps.last_img read more