Thomas Morstead, Saints agree on six-year contract extension

The New Orleans Saints and Thomas Morstead reached an agreement on a six-year extension, the team announced Thursday, putting the punter under contract for the next seven years.

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A source with knowledge of the negotiations said Morstead's extension is worth $21.9 million over six years. That makes him the second-highest-paid punter behind the Oakland Raiders' Shane Lechler (about $4 million annually). Morstead will receive a yearly average of $3.65 million over the length of the extension.

Morstead is set to make $1.26 million this season. He averaged better than 48 yards per punt last season.

Morstead sent the following tweet to his fans Thursday:

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