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Michael Thomas Embed This

Wide Receiver Age: 26 Exp: 3 Years
Drafted: Round 2 (#47 overall), 2016 College: Ohio State Agent(s): Andrew Kessler, David Mulugheta (Athletes First)

Saints – The Athletic

  • Current Contract

    Michael Thomas signed a 5 year, $96,250,000 contract with the New Orleans Saints, including a $20,000,000 signing bonus, $60,598,043 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $19,250,000. In 2020, Thomas will earn a base salary of $11,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $15,000,000 and a dead cap value of $30,000,000.

    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $96,250,000
    Signing Bonus $20,000,000
    Average Salary $19,250,000
    Total Guarantees $60,598,043
    Guaranteed at Signing $35,648,043
    Free Agent: 2025 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Workout Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2019 Contract details by year 26 $1,648,043 $4,480,722 - - $6,128,765 $36,128,765 $21,648,043($21,648,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $36,128,765 2019 Cap Savings: $-30,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $20,480,722 2019 Cap Savings: $-14,351,957 Post-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $20,128,765 2020 Dead Cap: $16,000,000 2019 Cap Savings: $-14,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $4,480,722 2020 Dead Cap: $16,000,000 2019 Cap Savings: $1,648,043
    2020 Contract details by year 27 $11,000,000 $4,000,000 - - $15,000,000 $30,000,000 $11,000,000($32,648,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $30,000,000 2020 Cap Savings: $-15,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $16,000,000 2020 Cap Savings: $-1,000,000 Post-6/1 Release

    N/A in 2020

    Post-6/1 Trade

    N/A in 2020

    2021 Contract details by year 28 $12,600,000 $4,000,000 - $200,000 $16,800,000 $15,000,000 $12,800,000($45,448,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $15,000,000 2021 Cap Savings: $1,800,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $12,000,000 2021 Cap Savings: $4,800,000 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $7,000,000 2022 Dead Cap: $8,000,000 2021 Cap Savings: $9,800,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2022 Dead Cap: $8,000,000 2021 Cap Savings: $12,800,000

    Potential Out: 2022, 3 yr, $45,448,043; $8,000,000 dead cap

    2022 Contract details by year 29 $15,350,000 $4,000,000 $250,000 $200,000 $19,800,000 $8,000,000 $15,800,000($61,248,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $8,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $11,800,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $8,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $11,800,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2023 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $15,800,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2023 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $15,800,000
    2023 Contract details by year 30 $15,500,000 $4,000,000 $750,000 $200,000 $20,450,000 $4,000,000 $16,450,000($77,698,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2023 Cap Savings: $16,450,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2023 Cap Savings: $16,450,000 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $16,450,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $16,450,000
    2024 Contract details by year 31 $18,500,000 - $1,000,000 $200,000 $19,700,000 - $19,700,000($97,398,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $19,700,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $19,700,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $19,700,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $19,700,000
    2025 Free Agent Year 32 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $35.64M guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2019 salary + 2020 salary + $3M of 2021 salary)
    • Remaining $9.6M of 2021 salary fully guarantees on the 3rd league day of 2021 (guaranteed for injury now)
    • 2022 salary fully guarantees on the 3rd league day of 2022 (guaranteed for injury now)
    • 2022 Roster Bonus: $250,000 (5th league day)
    • 2023 Roster Bonus: $250,000 (5th league day)
    • 2023 Per Game Active Bonus: $31,250 ($500,000)
    • 2024 Roster Bonus: $250,000 (5th league day)
    • 2024 Per Game Active Bonus: $46,875 ($750,000)
    • Annual Workout Bonus: $200,000
    • 2023/2024 Incentives 
      $375,000 each for 
      12 TDs
      1,400 receiving yards
      1,400 receiving yards + a playoff birth
      100 receptions
      100 receptions + a playoff berth

    Previous Contracts

    2016-2019Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $5,118,971
    Signing Bonus $1,922,888
    Average Salary $1,279,743
    Guaranteed $2,605,569
    Free Agent: 2020 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Hit Dead Yearly Cash
    2016 23 $450,000 $480,722 - $930,722 $2,605,569 $2,511,357($2,511,357)
    2017 24 $682,681 $480,722 - $1,163,403 $1,380,723 $682,681($3,194,038)
    2018 25 $915,361 $480,722 - $1,396,083 $961,444 $915,361($4,109,399)
    2019 26 $1,148,041 $480,722 - $1,628,763 $480,722 $1,148,041($5,257,440)
    2020 Free agent year 27 UFA  
    • $2.6 million guaranteed (signing bonus + 2017 salary)
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  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $450,000 $1,922,888 - - - - $138,469 $2,511,357
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $682,681 - - - - - - $682,681
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $915,361 - - - - - - $915,361
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $1,648,043 $20,000,000 - - - - - $21,648,043
    4 seasons $3,696,085 $21,922,888 - - - - $138,469 $25,757,442
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $11,000,000 - - - - - - $11,000,000
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $12,600,000 - - $200,000 - - - $12,800,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $15,350,000 - $250,000 $200,000 - - - $15,800,000
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $15,500,000 - $750,000 $200,000 - - - $16,450,000
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $18,500,000 - $1,000,000 $200,000 - - - $19,700,000
    $76,646,085 $21,922,888 $2,000,000 $800,000 - - $138,469 $101,507,442
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $3,696,085 $21,922,888 - - - - - $25,757,442
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 11/15/2019, $10,527

      Excessive Facemask against Atlanta (ATL)


    • Player contract details by year 11/09/2018, $30,000

      Using a prop in a celebration against Los Angeles (LAR)


    • Player contract details by year 10/12/2018, $10,026

      Taunting against Washington (WAS)


    • TOTAL: $50,553

  • 2020 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Michael Thomas ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Tgt Rec Rec Yds Yds/Rec Yds/Gm Rec TD Fum Drops Prod Pts
    2019 NO 16 16 15 959 0.886 185 149 1725 11.6 107.81 9 1 6 225.6
    2018 NO 16 16 16 928 0.884 147 125 1405 11.2 87.81 9 2 3 190.5
    2017 NO 16 16 14 851 0.819 149 104 1245 12 77.81 5 0 2 154.5
    2016 NO 15 15 12 865 0.752 121 92 1137 12.4 75.80 9 2 4 163.7
    Totals 63 63 57 3,603 - 602 470 5,512 11.7 87.49 32 5 15 734.30