We’ve seen plenty of wide receivers fade off the map after they get a big pay day.
Michael Thomas is about to become the next name on that list.
After setting the NFL record for most receptions in a season with 149, Thomas received a 5-year contract extension worth over $96 Million.
Since signing the deal, Thomas has only played 7 games. He missed 9 games last year and just recently had ankle surgery.
The reality is that Thomas could have had the surgery much earlier, rather than right before training camp. His head coach, Sean Payton, agrees. Here is the coach’s comment on the issue:
“It’s disappointing, and we’ll work through it with the other players that are here. But the surgery took place, and obviously we would’ve liked that to happen earlier than later. And quite honestly, it should’ve.”
Thomas recently posted a message on social media, presumably on the subject. “They tried to damage your reputation. You saved theirs by not telling your side of the story.”
What’s your side of the story, Mike?
Won’t say? Ok, I’ll tell it for you. You missed time last year. Your team was still great without you. You got paid. You should be out there now, but you delayed surgery to avoid training camp. Brees made you look like the best player in the league. He’s gone and you’re afraid you’re about to be exposed. You will soon demand a trade and you will not make a difference for your next team.
This is the story of just about every high profile wide receiver. They ball out on their rookie deal, cash in on that signing bonus of the next deal. Live like a pop star. Disappear from the field. Never contribute to wins.
Wide receivers are never worth the money or drama and never impact the team’s win-loss total.