Thomas is the first wide receiver to be named Offensive Player of the Year since Jerry Rice in 1993.
Before the start of last season, Thomas made history when he became the first non-quarterback offensive player to sign a contract worth up to $100 million. The 26-year-old received that deal after recording at least 92 receptions, 1,137 yards and five touchdowns in each of his first three years.
The 2019 campaign saw Thomas continue his evolution into an unstoppable playmaker on the outside for Saints quarterback Drew Brees. He set an NFL record with 149 receptions, and his 1,725 yards were the seventh-most in a single season in league history.
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Michael Thomas led the NFL with 149 catches this year, 33 ahead of Christian McCaffrey, who was No. 2 with 116. The gap of 33 catches between the leader and No. 2 is the biggest since 1942, when Don Hutson led the NFL with 74 catches and Pop Ivy finished second with 27 catches.
Thomas is also an efficient playmaker who has caught at least 80 percent of his targets in each of the past two seasons. The 26-year-old had a stretch of eight 100-yard games over nine weeks from Oct. 20 to Dec. 22.
In a year full of memorable offensive performances, Thomas' week-to-week consistency at a position dependent on the quarterback was a clear standout and worthy of being honored as the best of the year.