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Julius Thomas glad Graham, Saints came to an agreement

Julius Thomas, Kevin Burnett AP

We’ve paid a lot of attention to Saints tight end Jimmy Graham’s push for a new contract over the last few months and we haven’t been alone in the effort.

Several tight ends in the NFL have also been curious to see how Graham’s bid to be franchise tagged as a wide receiver would play out since it would have a ripple effect on contracts for others at the position. Graham didn’t win that fight, but he got a long-term deal that should pay him $21 million over the next two seasons. That’s more than he stood to make under the tight end tag and Broncos tight end Julius Thomas tweeted that he was happy for Graham.

“Throwing a shoutout to Jimmy Graham. Congrats! Glad both sides could come together and agree on a deal,” Thomas wrote.

Thomas’ teammate Terrance Knighton responded to the tweet, writing that he bets Thomas is happy with the way things worked out. Thomas is entering the final year of his contract with the Broncos and his receiving ability makes him one of the players who stands to benefit from the deal that Graham struck with the Saints on Tuesday.

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18 Responses to “Julius Thomas glad Graham, Saints came to an agreement”
  1. claymatthewshairplugs says: Jul 15, 2014 11:55 AM

    This dude was a nobody before Peyton Manning and if they overpay for him once Manning retires he’ll return to being an average NFL player

  2. thepftpoet says: Jul 15, 2014 11:56 AM

    Julius Thomas should be glad, because he’s going to be overpaid too.

    All these gimmicky tight ends such as Julius Thomas and Jimmy Graham think they’re the best.

    Meanwhile, Kyle Rudolph has slowly emerged into the best Tight End in the NFL – With a Pro Bowl MVP and 8 TDs with Christian Ponder on his resume.

    No other TE has as reliable hands as Kyle Rudolph.

  3. chris3141084 says: Jul 15, 2014 12:12 PM

    What’s the new franchise number at with this contract? I’m sure that makes him happy.

  4. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 15, 2014 12:26 PM

    All the tight end stories are real interesting.

    SEE: Latent ……

  5. pantherfan40 says: Jul 15, 2014 12:28 PM

    calm down julius your only good because of peyton , relax

  6. 6thsense10 says: Jul 15, 2014 12:35 PM

    Yes Clay because Denver’s receiving corp really stood a chance with the likes of Tim Tebow tossing them the ball.

    For everyone else that actually evaluates the player not the superficial evaluation that oh jeez he was nothing before Peyton…..they can see a player who is tall and faster than most men his size. As long as he has a decent quarterback….not even superstar QB he will produce at a high level.

  7. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    “This dude was a nobody before Peyton Manning and if they overpay for him once Manning retires he’ll return to being an average NFL player”
    _________________________

    Love people who have such a staunch opinion on teams/players they know nothing about.

    Julius Thomas saw the field for 3 plays his rookie year and badly injured his ankle. The next season Peyton came to town.

    So yes if not playing at all before Peyton signed makes him a nobody, then you sir are correct.

  8. saintmike6453 says: Jul 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Jul 15, 2014 11:56 AM
    Julius Thomas should be glad, because he’s going to be overpaid too.

    All these gimmicky tight ends such as Julius Thomas and Jimmy Graham think they’re the best.

    Meanwhile, Kyle Rudolph has slowly emerged into the best Tight End in the NFL – With a Pro Bowl MVP and 8 TDs with Christian Ponder on his resume.

    No other TE has as reliable hands as Kyle Rudolph.

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  9. blue18hutthutt says: Jul 15, 2014 12:56 PM

    Pretty grandiose, if implicit, expectations to be having for a guy who’s only played one year

  10. bhlobos says: Jul 15, 2014 1:08 PM

    If Rudolph can catch 8 TD’s from Ponder… then he’s a GOD!!!

    In case it doesn’t come thru, I wrote that in the sarcasm font…

    Thanks Poet… a good laugh in the morning is exactly what I needed :)

  11. listenup823 says: Jul 15, 2014 1:10 PM

    So much hate for Denver… Must me doing something right..

  12. td30 says: Jul 15, 2014 1:27 PM

    im sensing a major headache with this guy next offseason

    There’s some key moving parts with osweiler even getting near the end of his contract by the time manning leaves, then do they sign osweiler even though he’s unproven? Would osweiler give JT the production that warrants the check he could get after having a big year this year?

    who tf knows..

  13. hansenbrothers says: Jul 15, 2014 1:40 PM

    Juliu$ Thoma$ $ay$ congrat$ to Jimmy graham and the $aint$

  14. surfinbird1 says: Jul 15, 2014 1:52 PM

    $21 million over the next two seasons. Elway just choked on his oats.

  15. sbchampsagain says: Jul 15, 2014 3:06 PM

    No worries. Elway will have plenty to pay Orange Julius when Peyton retires.

    Ruh Roh!!

  16. kev86 says: Jul 15, 2014 6:49 PM

    Eli to Rudolph in 2015. Check the pro bowl tape.

  17. lethylg says: Jul 15, 2014 8:43 PM

    Just the facts boys.

    When a player is drafted in the 1st round and gets stupid money what have they proved in the league?

    Thomas has demonstrated his ability, period. His skill set is what it is, whoever throws him the ball. Did Bree’s make Graham? No, he has ability, period.

    Also, Thomas is faster than Graham, is better after the catch, awesome in the red zone, stays in on run downs and doesn’t get shut down by aggressive safeties. All this on very, very, very little experience.

    Real GM’s know this. Stay in your lane. Comment on checker games, you’d do better. He may lead all TE’s this season. Then what? Does Peyton get credit for his skill set again? PAY THE MAN

  18. jmo715 says: Jul 16, 2014 1:23 AM

    You guys are clueless if you think JT will suck when Peyton leaves. He was hurt and still adjusting to the game prior to last year. He wasn’t some bum who bounced around. He will be a premier TE with Peyton and he will be one when Peyton retires! He will not get Graham type $ yet because he hasn’t done it as long as Graham. But he should get paid because he’s a difference maker! To think he’s a product of Peyton is just wrong. That’s like saying DT is a product of Peyton…. Both are studs and will be when Peyton leaves!

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