Saints' Thomas looks to 'earn every penny' of deal (1 Viewer)

By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- After he signed his record-breaking contract extension on Wednesday, New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas said he told general manager Mickey Loomis, "I'll be back to do a third deal."

"So now it's on to the next goal. Now you're the highest-paid, and now you gotta go earn it," said Thomas, whose five-year extension is worth between $96.25 and $100 million and gives him the highest average salary of any receiver in the NFL.

"So that's the biggest thing I'm trying to do. I'm trying to earn every penny of it."

Thomas, 26, was back on the practice field Thursday after he ended a six-day holdout. And he didn't appear to miss a beat, catching familiar passes from quarterback Drew Brees down the middle of the field. ...

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