Another young, rising star is sitting out the start of training camp in hopes of landing a big long-term contract.
General manager Mickey Loomis said in June that talks of a new contract for Thomas were underway, but as of now, sides haven't agreed on what should be a hefty payday for the 26-year-old.
"I think it's something that hopefully will be resolved soon," coach Sean Payton told reporters. "And it was more common I think back when some of these picks weren't slotted, more common with rookie players. But I think his agent Mickey, those guys are working on it. I'm optimistic it'll be done fairly soon."
On Wednesday, Thomas tweeted out Nipsey Hussle lyrics.
A 2016 second-round pick, Thomas enters the final season of his rookie contract, set to make $1.148 million -- peanuts compared to his worth.
Thomas has been Drew Bees' go-to target since the receiver entered the league. The route technician has surpassed the 1,100-yard barrier in each of his first three years. Thomas broke the record for receptions in his first three seasons, hauling in 321 tosses and compiling 3,787 yards with 23 TDs. In 2018, Thomas' 85-percent catch rate (125 catches on 147 targets) topped the league, and he generated 75 receiving first downs, third-most in the NFL.
Odell Beckham Jr. currently sits as the highest-paid receiver at $18 million per season. Thomas could be looking to surpass that at a rate of upwards of $20 million per season. Thomas is among several receivers who are waiting on new deals, along with Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and A.J. Green. Depending on how the dominoes fall ahead of the regular season, the "highest-paid receiver" designation could change hands several times in the coming weeks.