The 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.
Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Ayube Mohammed is urging vendors to comply with the instructions to relocate from the Lusignan market place.Chairman of the Mon Repos/La Reconnaissance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Ayube MohammedThe NDC Chairman, during a telephone interview with this newspaper on Monday, pleaded with the vendors to adhere and cooperate with the authorities since the shift is merely temporary.The Chairman explained that the NDC does not have the authority to move vendors from their respective vending location but asserted that it is the Government of Guyana’s decision to temporarily do so.“The NDC is not the one that is moving them, it is the Government…. I’ve noticed that there is some space there and we would’ve approached the Government to see if we can have them rehoused right there, which I am hoping will happen because it’s a Lusignan market and I don’t want it to go to Annandale,” he stated.Mohammed added that facilitating road works along the East Coast of Demerara is a key factor that was taken into consideration during the decision-making process, which he outlined would be hindered if persons continue to sell close by.When asked about the alleged threats issued by the NDC to have the vendors’ possessions dismantled, Mohammed refuted such claims made by vendors, “That is one of the things that they always keep saying ‘the NDC issuing threats,’ why would we threaten them? If we want to move their stalls, we would’ve moved them, their stalls are all there”.Nevertheless, the NDC Chairman is assuring vendors that they will return to their original vending spots once the road works are completed. They have since expressed extreme reluctance to move to the temporary location which is in Annandale.Calls to Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan for a comment on the matter went unanswered.Over 300 Lusignan vendors were given until January 2019 to relocate to a new vending site situated in Annandale but up to date they have refused to comply, strongly believing that they will suffer significant losses at the new location.