June 21 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Saint are expected to offer wide receiver Michael Thomas at least $18 million annually as part of a contract extension.
Sources told ESPN that the NFC South franchise is "comfortable" with making Thomas the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. Sources told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Thomas and his camp are asking the Saints for $22 million annually.
Cleveland Browns star Odell Beckham Jr. is currently the league's highest-paid wide receiver. Beckham is making an average of $18 million annually as part of the five-year, $90 million contract extension he signed in August while he was still a member of the New York Giants.
Thomas is on the final year of his rookie contract. The second round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has a $1.14 million base salary in 2019.
Thomas, 26, has made the Pro Bowl in back-to-back seasons. The 2018 All-Pro led the NFL with 125 catches in 2018. Thomas also had a career-high 1,405 yards and nine scores in 16 starts last season. He has only missed one game during his three-year NFL tenure.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound pass-catcher was the No. 2 wide receiver in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus.