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Michael Thomas laughs off reported NFL request to hold partial wages in escrow

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Talks are ongoing between the NFL and the NFL Players Association as both sides gear up for the 2020 season despite the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. One point of contention in recent conversations between labor and management is an NFL proposal to hold 35% of wages in escrow to help manage costs during the upcoming season.

Naturally, that wasn’t an appealing offer to the players’ union, which told ownership “to kick rocks” when the option was brought up. Superstar New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas took aim a little more directly at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the ownership group he represents, saying that, “Roger and those owners better use their billions and put it in escrow or plan accordingly.”

Thomas is likely more skeptical of whether a season can get off the ground while addressing players’ health concerns than he’s worried about whether it’ll be a profitable season. And he’s not alone in those concerns, with teammate Cameron Jordan laughing at the in-escrow suggestion as “an option on the table.”

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Players irate as NFL wants 35% of salaries in escrow

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New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas says players will not play the 2020
season before accepting an NFL proposal to put 35% of their salaries in escrow to
hedge against coronavirus-related financial shortfalls (AFP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)


By AFP | Yahoo Sports

New York (AFP) - An NFL proposal for 35% of players' 2020 season salaries to be put in escrow to cover possible revenue shortfalls from coronavirus issues was greeted with scorn by players Wednesday.

Economic issues similar to those that sparked a bitter three-month battle between Major League Baseball players and team owners loom over the NFL with training camps set to open July 28.

The NFL Network reported the escrow idea was suggested by the NFL in case billions of dollars in revenue are lost this year because spectators cannot attend league games.

Record COVID-19 outbreaks in Texas, Florida and Arizona in recent days have raised concerns about the NFL's plan to stage a full season with fans starting September 10 when Super Bowl champion Kansas City hosts Houston.

The NFL Players Asociation told its board of representatives, "Basically, we told them to kick rocks" in snubbing the idea, the report said, considering an escrow deal something that would have to be negotiated.

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2020 New Orleans Saints Team Outlook: Overcoming Bad Beats For Another Playoff-Bound Season

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The New Orleans Saints have been one of the best teams in football over the last three seasons, yet can't seem to catch a break in the postseason. SI Fantasy analyst Shawn Childs runs through the franchise with a fantasy breakdown.

By Shawn Childs | SI

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Over the last 14 seasons with Sean Payton as the head coach (suspended in 2012) and Drew Brees at quarterback, the New Orleans Saints finished first or second in the NFL in offense yards nine times. Payton has a career 131-77 record with one Super Bowl title (2009) and eight playoff appearances (8-7).

New Orleans scored 458 points (third) in 2019, 46 points fewer than 2018 (504). The Saints ranking ninth in offensive yards gained., extending their streak of top top-ten finishes in this area to 14 seasons.

Pete Carmichael returns for his 11th season as the offensive coordinator. New Orleans added him to their system in 2006 when Payton took running the team.

The Saints finished just above the league average on the defensive side of the ball for the past three years. In 2019, they finished 11th in offensive yards allowed and 13th in points allowed (341). Only twice in the Payton era has their defense ranked in the top ten in points allowed (2010 and 2013).

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A deep dive into what makes Cam Jordan one of the league’s best defenders

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Cameron Jordan was always among the most underrated players in the league towards the earlier stages of his career. Drafted in 2011, he couldn’t crack the NFL Network’s Top 100 list until 2015, at No. 99, despite that even not being his best season in terms of sacks or pressures.

The following year, he didn’t even make the list at all (!!!), when he ranked fourth among edge rushers in overall grade at a crisp 90.0, via Pro Football Focus. Too bad all the people who make those lists look at are sacks when weighing pass rushers’ performances — about one or two percent of their total snaps...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 9: Michael Thomas, Latavius Murray, Wil Lutz, and more speak on pandemic and masks

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With Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Evans, and more, the NFC South has the best wide receivers in the league.

The first in a multi-part series, a look at the offensive line and why the line could help the Saints win the Super Bowl in 2020.

Cam Jordan, Latavius Murray, Erik McCoy, Wil Lutz, and Josh Hill released a video asking football fans to wear masks if they want a 2020 football season.

Saints punter Thomas Morstead says that the NFL must adapt to the virus since the virus can’t adapt to football.

How the Saints plan to use the rookie Zack Baun in the 2020...
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Saints undrafted rookie Keith Washington brings versatility through varied college experience

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Keith Washington’s college football journey included a lot of twists and turns.

Originally signed by Michigan in 2015, the native of Prattville, Ala. played in nine games as a redshirt freshman, mostly on special teams. The cornerback wanted to reach the field as a starter faster and moved on to Copiah-Lincoln in 2017

Williams then found a home at West Virginia for the 2018-’19 campaigns. He recorded 17 starts for the Mountaineers and displayed excellent ball skills with five interceptions and 18 passes defended over the two seasons.

The 6-1, 180-pound Williams boasts impressive...
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Saints vision for versatile rookie LB Zack Baun includes maximizing pass rush skills

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It was not long after the New Orleans Saints drafted former Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun that they made clear their intentions to use him as an off-ball linebacker, where his athleticism and intelligence could shine.

But an organization that has reaped the benefits of allowing versatile players to maximize their unique individual skills also sees the potential for a little bit more.

“We love the flexibility of the player,” said defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. “That was one of the things that was the most intriguing to us about him. There's a vision for this guy being able to move...
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NFC South: Home of the NFL’s best wide receivers

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It is no secret that the NFC South is loaded at wide receiver. Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, DJ Moore, Chris Godwin, Emmanuel Sanders, and Calvin Ridley present one of the deepest wide receiver groups in a single division in NFL history. It should come as no surprise then that CBS Sports ranked the NFC South as the division with the best wide receivers in football:

Fans of the Atlanta Julio Joneses Falcons always get in their feels when Michael Thomas and Julio Jones are put in the same conversation:

But at the end of the day, whether Michael Thomas (who broke an NFL record...
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Why the Saints could win it all, Part I - Offensive line

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Bringing back a series of pieces from the past four years, we’re going to check each position group on the New Orleans Saints and discuss how they improve the Saints’ chances of making a run in 2020. Let’s start with the offensive line...

Pro Football Focus ranked all NFL offensive lines following the 2019 season, and the Saints came in 5th overall:

After the 2019 season, the Saints still had questions on the offensive line. Left guard Andrus Peat struggled with injuries and was set to hit free agency. Right guard Larry Warford made the Pro Bowl, but was repeatedly manhandled by opposing...
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Michael Thomas: NFL’s escrow proposal has to be a joke

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The NFLPA informed its board of player representatives that the league has proposed placing 35 percent of player salaries in escrow in order to help manage the expected revenue losses during the 2020 season and it has not been met with a warm response by players.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported that NFLPA exec Don Davis told those reps on a conference call that the union’s response was to tell the league to “kick rocks” when they put forth the proposal. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas posted a couple of tweets in response as well.

In the first, Thomas wrote that “everyone will...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 8: Demario Davis supports black national anthem play and a potential cornerback the Saints should look at

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Tom Brady joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought out the worst in Tampa Bay fans while simultaneously bringing over a bunch of Tom Brady fans who jumped ship from the New England Patriots.

Bleacher Report names former Cincinnati Bengal cornerback Dre Kirckpatrick as a potential free agent that the Saints could sign.

With four Prime Time Games in 2020, the Saints could have dominance in prime time appearances.

Saints linebacker Demario Davis has expressed his support for the reported NFL plan to play the Black national anthem in Week 1.

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Dre Kirkpatrick an interesting free agent option remaining for the Saints

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The New Orleans Saints have had an active free agency, re-signing a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, signing last year’s passing leader Jameis Winston, signing the XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols, and adding key players on both offense (Emmanuel Sanders) and defense (Malcolm Jenkins).

But maybe they aren’t done just yet.

Yes, there is still talk the Saints could be interested in former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but maybe that’s not the veteran the Saints target this offseason. Bleacher Report names signing former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre...
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Dennis Allen looking forward to “huge challenge” of defending Tom Brady

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The NFC South was the site of the biggest free agent move in the league this March as quarterback Tom Brady‘s decision to sign with the Buccaneers made for a big change in the divisional landscape.

Such a shift will also mean more work for the defensive coordinators of the other three teams in the division.

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen faced the Buccaneers twice last season, so he has experience facing the offense put together by head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. That offense is going to look different with Brady at the helm, however, and...
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Tom Brady’s arrival has brought out the worst in Buccaneer fans

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined some prestigious company in the 2020 offseason. Much like the 2011 Eagles, the 2014 Saints and the 2019 Browns, the Bucs left March as unquestioned offseason winners. And, much like the 8-8 Eagles, the 7-9 Saints and the 6-10 Browns, there’s definitely no disappointment lurking around the corner.

If you had asked Buccaneer fans heading into next season in early March, they’d have told you having a quarterback in his 40s could NEVER work. However, the signing of Tom Brady changed everything, and suddenly 40 is the new 20.

Just look at this video of the...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 7: Jonathan Vilma talks on his move to broadcasting and Saints OC answers questions

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A look at how previous shortened NFL seasons have worked in case the NFL 2020 season is cut significantly, if not outright cancelled altogether.

A look at how Michael Thomas stacks up against Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.

Saints OC Pete Carmichael talks Emmanuel Sanders, Jameis Winston, Cesar Ruiz, and more.

Clutch Points ranks the 3 “most savage” moments from the rivalry between the Saints and Falcons, with Steve Gleason’s punt block earning the top spot.

A look at all four of the quarterbacks the Saints currently have on their roster.

With Emmanuel Sanders, Alvin...
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How many regular season games will the NFL have in 2020?

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The NFL has already cut the 2020 preseason in half, cancelling the first and fourth preseason game. The Hall of Fame game has been cancelled. The 2020 season is still in currently proceeding as scheduled, but will it actually actually take place without a hitch or will the Covid-19 pandemic continue to chip away at the year?

Despite major league baseball players offering to play a longer season, MLB was adamant the league should not continue into November. Similarly, with the NBA getting ready to re-start, the NBA too made it a point to not be playing in November. With November being...
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Michael Thomas vs. Julio Jones are in a fierce battle for best NFC South receiver

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Last season, Michael Thomas made NFL history by catching the most passes in a single season in NFL history with a staggering 149. Thomas has emerged as the eminent threat in the Saints offense, and yet the superstar receiver continually gets disrespected around the league as a slant specialist who doesn’t open the field up.

That’s due in part to Thomas sharing the NFC South with Julio Jones, who is recognized around the league as a top receiver, not only today, but that the NFL has seen. Jones is likely the most physically gifted receiver the league has seen since Calvin Johnson. But if...
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