You get an extension and you get an extension…
Mike Garafolo has reported that Washington has extended its second key veteran ahead of training camp, following just hours after it became known that Jonathan Allen had signed a 4-year extension.
The Washington Football Team has agreed to terms on a three-year extension for TE Logan Thomas, sources say. After a breakout year in 2020 with 72 catches, the former QB who made a successful position switch gets paid.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 27, 2021
Nicki Jhabvala reports that the contract, which runs from 2022-2024, is a 3-year deal worth about $24m with $10.3m in guarantees. Prior to this deal, Thomas was in the final year of a 2-year contract signed last year that has a $3.6m cap hit this season.
For the 4 years remaining, then, Logan Thomas will have an average cap hit of around $6.9m.
Logan Thomas’s new three-year deal is worth roughly $24M, per source. Averages out to a little over $8M a year, with $10.3M in guarantees.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) July 27, 2021
Thomas’s breakout season as a tight end in 2020, his 5th year in the NFL after being drafted originally as a quarterback in 2014, was almost shocking in its magnitude.
Speaking about Logan Thomas earlier this offseason, tight ends coach Peter Hoener said, “He’s just a guy that never got to play much, that didn’t fit in wherever he was before. But he certainly had the traits we were looking for in a complete tight end.”
TE coach Pete Hoener in June on Logan Thomas: “Confidence is a crazy thing; it can really bring out the best in people. You saw that up close and personal last year how he started out. All of a sudden he made a few plays… and all of a sudden his whole persona changed.”
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) July 27, 2021
With Alex Smith at quarterback for much of the year, Thomas saw a lot of action, with 110 targets, 72 receptions, 670 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also threw a pass for 28 yards and a first down, and rushed the ball three times, stepping in under center for a “quarterback sneak” off of motion since Alex Smith, with his surgically reconstructed leg, was not really able to do so.
With Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback in 2021, it’s not known whether Thomas will be able to maintain or increase his 2020 levels of production, but the Washington front office clearly sees value in rewarding his excellent play.
What a catch by Logan Thomas. Nice ball by Smith too, gave him a chance to go up and get it, and boy did he ever pic.twitter.com/qrR91FQzwc
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) January 4, 2021
This is more good news just a day before training camp is set to open in Richmond, Virginia.
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