Report: Thomas wants $22M per year, Saints offering $18M
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Despite reports that the New Orleans Saints are willing to make Michael Thomas the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, the two sides still appear pretty far apart in negotiations.

Thomas's camp is asking for $22 million in average annual value on a potential contract extension, Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com reported, which is $4 million more per season than Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract with the Cleveland Browns.

The Saints' current offer to Thomas is around $18 million per year, according to Duncan, meaning the two parties are roughly $4 million apart.

Reports earlier this week indicated the star wideout was expected to ink a new deal before training camp, but Duncan added that nothing is imminent with the 26-year-old currently in Europe.

Thomas is entering the final season of his four-year rookie deal after racking up career highs in yards (1,405) and catches (125) in 2018 while tying his personal mark for touchdowns (nine).

Meanwhile, the division rival Atlanta Falcons are also looking to extend their top receiver, Julio Jones, and are reportedly confident they can reach an agreement before camp in July.

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Report: Thomas wants $22M per year, Saints offering $18M
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