The bag is secured, and now what?
Players around the league pay attention when one of their teammates suddenly becomes much richer. They watch the effort at practice and the care to arrive at team meetings on time, they keep mental notes on whether the guy who just won a big payday is doing all the same things he did to earn that money in the first place.
“It’s one of those things where sometimes guys are waiting to see, ‘OK, let’s see how he’s coming in. He’s got the money, let’s see what he’s going to do,’” New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara said. “... That’s one of those things all the way around the league, you hear stories of guys, ‘Oh, he got paid, he don’t do this, that.’”
The key word in there is “sometimes.” That sentiment does not apply to all people, and it did not appear to apply to star receiver Michael Thomas after he signed a $96.3 million extension with New Orleans this offseason to become the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history.