Saints punter, honorary Minnesotan Thomas Morstead signs $20M contract

The NFL star will always have a place to stay in Minnesota.

What's happening?

Thomas Morstead, the punter for the New Orleans Saints, has signed a new contract with the franchise.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the deal is estimated to be worth $20 million over five years, with $9 million guaranteed in the first two.

Why should I care?

Because he's an honorary Minnesotan. Ok, so that's not an official title or anything, it's just something we've decided to bestow upon him following The Minneapolis Miracle.

The Saints and the Vikings faced off at U.S. Bank Stadium with bad blood stemming from the 2009 "Bountygate" debacle.

But after the Saints lost in heartbreaking fashion, Vikings fans responded by showing respect to Morstead, who played the entire game with an injury and still returned to the field to line up for the final, ultimately superfluous extra point.


– Saints punter hands over $221K check raised by Vikings fans.

They started donating to Morstead's charity, What You Give Will Grow, which supports organizations that help children battle cancer.

And he made a vow to fly to Minneapolis to donate the lot to Children's Hospitals Minnesota's Child Life Program during Super Bowl week if fundraising topped $100,000.

In the end, they raised $221,143, earning Morstead his very own framed jersey on the walls of Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

So on behalf of the state of Minnesota, enjoy your big contract Thomas, you've earned it.

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