Michael Thomas Decides His Football Future

Michael Thomas restructures contract to help Saints, likely returning

by PigskinMT

Posted 2 years ago

Things appeared rocky in 2021, but it looks like Michael Thomas will be back with the New Orleans Saints in 2022. Thomas reportedly restructured his deal to help the team with its cap situation, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

The move doesn't guarantee Thomas will return, but it's a good sign he is willing to work with the club.

In August, Thomas accused the Saints of trying to ruin his reputation. The two sides reportedly patched things up quickly, and all appeared well. Thomas rehabbed from his injury, but sustained a setback in November. He missed the entire 2021 season due to the issue.

Thomas' compensation for 2022 ($14.565 million) has been converted into a signing bonus, per Field Yates of ESPN, along with that of All-Pro offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk ($18.206 million) to create a robust $26.217 million in cap space ahead of NFL free agency. Restructuring the contract of Thomas alone gained the Saints roughly $10 million, and while that's a more than solid figure, the team could've opted to hold off, either releasing or trading him as a post-June 1 move, and netted much more -- to the tune of $15.8 million.

Topic: Sports

Tags: New Orleans Saints NFL Offseason Michael Thomas

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