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Demaryius Thomas patiently awaits his payday


The Broncos had a pair of first-round picks in 2010.  One is long gone, both from Denver and from the rest of the league.  The other could be hanging around Colorado a long time.

But as receiver Demaryius Thomas enters a contract year, he’s not paying much attention to the next contract.

I never think about that,” Thomas recently said, via Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.  “I don’t even know if [former Broncos receiver Eric] Decker was talking about it [in 2013].  All we talked about was being able to play with each other again.  He wanted to come back, but it just didn’t work out.  You really never think about the big payday, or anything like that.  We like playing together, and I like playing football.”

Per Renck, there have been no talks aimed at extending the deal.  Thomas seems to be fine with that.  Even though plenty of receivers who aren’t as good as him are making more money.  Including Decker.

Thomas hasn’t always been a star.  But that’s because the teams hasn’t always had a star quarterback.  As Renck points out, Thomas caught 54 passes in his first two NFL seasons, when the quarterbacks were Kyle Orton and the team’s other first-round draft pick in 2010. Since the arrival of Peyton Manning, Thomas has snared 186 total passes in two seasons.

This year, the Broncos decided that Decker was a luxury they couldn’t afford.  Thomas could be a necessity, especially with the organization trying to milk the most out of Manning’s final seasons.

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42 Responses to “Demaryius Thomas patiently awaits his payday”
  1. seatownballers says: Jun 2, 2014 12:04 AM

    Denver has so much locked up in free agency, Thomas will go else where or they’ll be cutting 4 Neff off season

  2. walker615 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:07 AM

    There is no way they let DT walk. Elway knows that you lock up your true studs (the Thomas’s) while letting solid players who will be overpaid by other teams (Decker, Moreno) go.

    Next offseason, I expect big deals for the Thomas’s and Chris Harris, while Welker, Franklin, and Pot Roast go. It’s the nature of the beast.

  3. mikelitoris1 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:08 AM

    I was really hoping this article was about Demarius Thomas until I realized it was really about some guy named Demaryius Thomas.

    Thanks for ruining my night Florio!

  4. coloradofort says: Jun 2, 2014 12:14 AM

    I never think about it………that’s what my Agent is for…

  5. troysmithirvin24 says: Jun 2, 2014 12:20 AM

    Peyton manning will do that to just about any receiver with hands and can run a decent rout.

  6. canetic says: Jun 2, 2014 12:21 AM

    Don’t worry about Decker, he’ll be catching passes from Geno Smith now. He will hardly notice the difference.

  7. sportzpig says: Jun 2, 2014 12:22 AM

    After the 2014 season Megatron will be looking up at this dude as the NFL’s top receiver…

  8. dolphincult says: Jun 2, 2014 12:44 AM

    Pay the man

  9. mrneto72 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:07 AM

    He soon will realize he will never win anything in Denver and then he’ll walk out

  10. jjrs89 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:08 AM


  11. charliebatch1 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:21 AM

    When players (or anyone for that matter) say “I never think about that” it usually means they are thinking about “that”

  12. si1m says: Jun 2, 2014 1:41 AM

    Sure he fumbled repeatedly in the Super Bowl like everyone else but at least he scored that TD to keep the NFL’s #1 offense in NFL history from being blanked in its biggest game

  13. hoss408 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:42 AM

    Pay the man, John. He deserves it. Does all the right things on and off the field. Picking Thomas was the only thing McDaniels can put on his resume from his Denver years. As a bronco fan Thomas is easily my favorite.

  14. stealthjunk says: Jun 2, 2014 1:46 AM

    Title should be “Demaryius”.

  15. cmurr1711 says: Jun 2, 2014 2:34 AM

    Refreshing attitude. Pay the man Denver!

  16. andreweac says: Jun 2, 2014 3:18 AM

    Timothy Football?

  17. jrise25 says: Jun 2, 2014 3:32 AM

    I would be shocked if DT isn’t extended, he showed with “Orton Hears a Who” and Tebow that he could make plays, just didn’t get a lot of chances with mediocre QB’s at best throwing to him, with Manning, he has been consistent and good for big plays, he was one of the few that showed up for the SB. Scary thing is, he hasn’t hit his ceiling yet in talent!

  18. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jun 2, 2014 4:30 AM

    Broncos: zero SBs since Capgate.

  19. ninerfan80 says: Jun 2, 2014 4:34 AM

    He’ll get it.

  20. suit0n says: Jun 2, 2014 5:36 AM

    The Broncos 2010 “other” first round pick aka He who shall not be named.

    If you utter this mans name then be prepared to suffer the consequences, one of which is an endless Skip Bayless rant.

  21. seabreezes51 says: Jun 2, 2014 6:35 AM

    Peyton’s cost is high and that cost means that you can’t have a lot of of talent on the team to support him.

  22. altajo3 says: Jun 2, 2014 6:43 AM


  23. ravenswhat says: Jun 2, 2014 6:56 AM

    Not saying he’s not good but there are undrafted guys in the league that could and have produced with Peyton at QB. If your main negotiating point is a maturation process when Peyton came along compared to Tebow…well duh.

  24. tylerhutchison2005 says: Jun 2, 2014 7:05 AM

    Demaryius Thomas isn’t worried about a damn thing.

  25. tvjules says: Jun 2, 2014 7:19 AM

    With the money they’ve been spending, how much cap room will they have left?

  26. packfntk says: Jun 2, 2014 7:29 AM

    He is a stud, glad he has this attitude. Guys like this are hard to come by these days.

  27. pslbucfan says: Jun 2, 2014 7:48 AM

    Good receiver, good guy. Pay the man.

  28. collegeref says: Jun 2, 2014 7:58 AM

    Refreshing to see someone honor their contract without holding out for a new one.

  29. bostonbadass says: Jun 2, 2014 8:07 AM

    Yeah okay !!!!
    Somebody better tell him this is not only football this is a job. Unless of course life is free for him.

  30. seaner44 says: Jun 2, 2014 8:31 AM

    Why can’t you say Tim Tebow?

  31. nobreak1269 says: Jun 2, 2014 9:08 AM


  32. denver1983 says: Jun 2, 2014 9:14 AM

    That’s why Denver let Decker walk, Thomas is so much better and worth the money

  33. r8rsfan says: Jun 2, 2014 9:28 AM

    Denver didn’t “let” Decker walk. He had visions of bright lights, big city, reality show stardom, etc. and went to the big apple. If there were a team in L.A. he would have gone there. Self promotion is the name of his game.

  34. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Jun 2, 2014 9:32 AM

    Denver knows they have to pay him slightly more than Marshall got, but DT’s agent probably wants Calvin Johnson buck. Ultimately, I think both DT and Dez end up tagged next offseason while the receiver market gets sorted out.

  35. djcologne says: Jun 2, 2014 9:42 AM

    Only winners get wings….

  36. salsendardo says: Jun 2, 2014 11:18 AM

    Josh Gordon, this is what you are jeopardizing. Take notes.

  37. rl7911 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:20 AM

    DT better be giving a portion of this to Peyton Manning, if it weren’t for Manning DT doesn’t put up the numbers he’s put up the last two years.

  38. puhleezho says: Jun 2, 2014 11:40 AM

    He’ll get paid by the broncos next year when he becomes a free agent. Why is everyone saying pay the man now? He will make more after another season with PFM, especially if other teams are in on the bidding.

  39. altajo3 says: Jun 2, 2014 11:43 AM

    Jesus said you deny him he will deny you before his father!!!!

  40. drweedybaked says: Jun 2, 2014 12:46 PM

    I can’t really imagine Denver not paying for him when the time comes. Do people really think the Broncos will let bother Decker and DT get away? They let Decker go so they can pursue Demarius. Who IMO is a top 10 receiver in the NFL.

  41. cguy7 says: Jun 2, 2014 1:33 PM

    He is the best overall receiver in football. Period. Blocking, bubble screens, high pointing the ball, and YAC. Singlehandidly won a Playoff game for Denver with Teblow at QB. I laugh at the clowns on here who say it is because of Manning… He’ll be catching balls long after Peyton is gone. Love how Bronco fans think Peyton will play forever…

  42. jjackwagon says: Jun 2, 2014 4:17 PM

    They were right to let Decker walk. Thomas is better.
    Just like the Chiefs were right to let Albert walk. Fisher is better.

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