Michael Thomas

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Saints, WR Age: 28-21d Exp: 5 Years
Drafted: Round 2 (#47 overall), 2016 College: Ohio State Agent(s): Andrew Kessler, David Mulugheta (Athletes First)

Physically Unable To Perform (Ankle)

Thomas is dealing with an ankle injury and will miss at least the first six games of the season.

 

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 2021, Thomas will earn a base salary of $1,000,000, a restructure bonus of $11,600,000 and a workout bonus of $200,000, while carrying a cap hit of $10,100,000 and a dead cap value of $32,800,000.

    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 Restructure Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2019 Contract details by year 26 $1,648,043 $4,480,722 - - - $6,128,765 $36,128,765 $11,648,043($11,648,043)
    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 $1,000,000 $4,000,000 - - $2,000,000 $7,000,000 $27,000,000 $21,000,000($32,648,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $27,000,000 2020 Cap Savings: $-20,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $26,000,000 2020 Cap Savings: $-19,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $7,000,000 2021 Dead Cap: $20,000,000 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $6,000,000 2021 Dead Cap: $20,000,000 2020 Cap Savings: $1,000,000
    2021 Contract details by year 28 $1,000,000 $4,000,000 - $200,000 $4,900,000 $10,100,000 $32,800,000 $12,800,000($45,448,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $32,800,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-22,700,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $31,800,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-21,700,000 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $10,100,000 2022 Dead Cap: $22,700,000 2021 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $9,100,000 2022 Dead Cap: $22,700,000 2021 Cap Savings: $1,000,000

    Potential Out: 2022, 3 yr, $45,448,043; $22,700,000 dead cap

    2022 Contract details by year 29 $15,350,000 $4,000,000 $250,000 $200,000 $4,900,000 $24,700,000 $22,700,000 $15,800,000($61,248,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $22,700,000 2022 Cap Savings: $2,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $22,700,000 2022 Cap Savings: $2,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $8,900,000 2023 Dead Cap: $13,800,000 2022 Cap Savings: $15,800,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $8,900,000 2023 Dead Cap: $13,800,000 2022 Cap Savings: $15,800,000
    2023 Contract details by year 30 $15,500,000 $4,000,000 $750,000 $200,000 $4,900,000 $25,350,000 $13,800,000 $16,450,000($77,698,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $13,800,000 2023 Cap Savings: $11,550,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $13,800,000 2023 Cap Savings: $11,550,000 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $8,900,000 2024 Dead Cap: $4,900,000 2023 Cap Savings: $16,450,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $8,900,000 2024 Dead Cap: $4,900,000 2023 Cap Savings: $16,450,000
    2024 Contract details by year 31 $18,500,000 - $1,000,000 $200,000 $4,900,000 $24,600,000 $4,900,000 $19,700,000($97,398,043)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $4,900,000 2024 Cap Savings: $19,700,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $4,900,000 2024 Cap Savings: $19,700,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $4,900,000 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $19,700,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $4,900,000 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 3/19/2021 (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: $29,411 ($500,000)
    • 2024 Roster Bonus: $250,000 (5th league day)
    • 2024 Per Game Active Bonus: $44,117 ($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

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    2016-2019Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $5,118,971
    Signing Bonus $1,922,888
    Average Salary $1,279,743
    Total Guarantees $2,605,569
    Guaranteed at Signing $2,605,569
    Free Agent: 2020 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    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 OPOY $1,648,043 $10,000,000 - - - - - $11,648,043
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 $10,000,000 - - $10,000,000 - - $21,000,000
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 - - $200,000 $11,600,000 - - $12,800,000
    6 seasons $5,696,085 $21,922,888 - $200,000 $21,600,000 - $138,469 $49,557,442
    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
    $55,046,085 $21,922,888 $2,000,000 $800,000 $21,600,000 - $138,469 $101,507,442
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    6 seasons Player Cash Earnings $5,696,085 $21,922,888 - $200,000 $21,600,000 - $138,469 $49,557,442
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 10/16/2020, $58,823

      Conduct detrimental to the team


    • 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: $109,376

  • Transactions

    Mar 12 2021Converted $11.61M of 2021 salary into bonus, clearing $8.7M of cap space with New Orleans (NO)
    Oct 16 2020Fined $58,823 Conduct detrimental to the team
    Mar 19 2020Converted $10M of 2020 salary into bonus, clearing $8 of cap space with New Orleans (NO)
    Nov 15 2019Fined $10,527 Excessive Facemask against Atlanta (ATL)
    Jul 31 2019Signed a 5 year $96.25 million contract extension with New Orleans (NO)
    Nov 9 2018Fined $30,000 Using a prop in a celebration against Los Angeles (LAR)
    May 9 2016Signed a 4 year $5.11 million contract with New Orleans (NO)
    Apr 29 2016Drafted by New Orleans (NO): Round 2 (#47 overall)
  • 2021 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
    2020 NO 7 7 5 345 32.1 55 40 438 11 62.57 0 0 1 43.9
    2019 NO 16 16 15 959 88.6 185 149 1725 11.6 107.81 9 1 6 225.6
    2018 NO 16 16 16 928 88.4 147 125 1405 11.2 87.81 9 2 3 190.5
    2017 NO 16 16 14 851 81.9 149 104 1245 12 77.81 5 0 2 154.5
    2016 NO 15 15 12 865 75.2 121 92 1137 12.4 75.80 9 2 4 163.7
    Totals 70 70 62 3,948 - 657 510 5,950 11.7 85.00 32 5 16 778.20