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Michael Thomas Told Saints GM Mickey Loomis 'He'll Be Back' for 3rd Contract

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2019

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) talks to reporters during training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Fresh off signing a record-setting extension, New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas had his sights on remaining in black and gold for as long as possible.

"I'll be back to do a third deal," Thomas told Saints general manager Mickey Loomis after signing his extension, per ESPN's Mike Triplett.

Thomas signed a five-year, $96.25 million deal—which can reach $100 million—on Wednesday, giving him the highest average annual average ($19.25 million) by a receiver in NFL history.

Since being drafted in the second round back in 2016, Thomas started his professional career in a way the NFL had never seen before. He has recorded three consecutive 90-catch, 1,100-yard seasons. His 321 receptions are the most by a player through his first three seasons in league history.

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The 6'3", 212-pound wideout led the league with 125 receptions last year for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns.

And while the two-time Pro Bowler has already established himself among the NFL's elite receivers, he does not intend to get complacent now that he has secured the bag. 

"So now it's on to the next goal. Now you're the highest-paid, and now you gotta go earn it," Thomas said, per Triplett. "So that's the biggest thing I'm trying to do. I'm trying to earn every penny of it."

Thomas will be 32 years old by the time his extension is currently scheduled to expire. It's certainly possible, though, that the two sides could tack on additional years between now and 2024. And judging by his comment to Loomis, that appears to be something Thomas would have interest in at some point down the road.