The Saints are reportedly frustrated with wide receiver Michael Thomas.
New Orleans offered to make Thomas the highest-paid receiver in the NFL and general manager Mickey Loomis is not happy the 26-year-old turned it down, according to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cites unidentified league sources.
The deal would “solidly exceed” that of Odell Beckham Jr., who signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Giants before the 2018 season.
On #Saints Michael Thomas as GM Mickey Loomis talks: Sources say Loomis’s frustration is simple. The Saints have offered to make Thomas the highest paid wideout in the NFL, with a contract that solidly exceeds Odell Beckham Jr. Loomis feels it’s a great offer w/ great structure.
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) July 25, 2019
Now, this is not the first time a team has complained about a player not taking what they saw as a great offer.
Redskins executive Bruce Allen somewhat infamously complained in a press conference about Kirk Cousins not accepting their long-term offer and did so while calling him “Kurt” multiple times.
What teams see as a “great offer” often might not look like that to a player. For Cousins, he wanted more guaranteed money. Thomas very well could be looking for more of the same in his deal.
A report from NOLA.com stated in June the Saints were offering Thomas a deal in the $18 million per year range, but the wide receiver was looking for something closer to $22 million.
Thomas did not show up to the Saints’ practice facility on Thursday, so there is a growing sentiment he will hold out until he gets a new deal. Players do not have to officially report until Friday, so a holdout is not official as of yet, but it is looking likely.
If he were to hold out, he would join Melvin Gordon of the Chargers as players staying away from practice in hopes of getting a better contract. Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney both may hold out, as well.