The Michael Thomas contract extension is finally done. Now we can set our sights on the 2019 regular season, right? Sure. But a General Manager’s job is never done, and Mickey Loomis of the New Orleans Saints, and you have to think Mickey would love to continue to lock up the young core of this team. Before Michael Thomas, it was extensions for Cam Jordan and Wil Lutz - to quote the great Bill Goldberg: Who’s Next?
One of the problems of nailing the draft multiple years in a row is that you end up with multiple top-tier talents all set for contract extensions at the same time. Even after Thomas, Lutz, and Jordan are signed, the 2020 free agency period will still see players like Andrus Peat, David Onyemata, Vonn Bell, and PJ Williams set for free agency. That’s on top of players the team didn’t draft like Taysom Hill and Eli Apple.
The following year, 2021, sees players like Sheldon Rankins, Marcus Williams, Alvin Kamara, Alex Anzalone, and Trey Hendrickson set for free agency. Again, that’s on top of former free agents like Larry Warford, Demario Davis, and Jared Cook.
But let’s stick with players the Saints drafted the past few years. If you had the chance to lock up one now - at the market rate for that player and position - who would it be? Would it be Alvin Kamara because of how important he is in offense? Or would his likely cost cause you to instead focus on the trenches with someone like Peat or Rankins? Vote in the poll. Explain in the comments. Send me presents.
Which Saints player should the team focus on locking up to a long-term deal?
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