“Safe bet” Demaryius Thomas will be tagged

AP

With two days to go until the window closes for using the franchise tag and no indication that any of the primary candidates for the tag are poised to strike a long-term deal, one of the biggest names due to hit the market most likely won’t.

It’s a “safe bet” the Broncos will be applying the franchise tag to receiver Demaryius Thomas, per a source with knowledge of the situation.  While the two sides are talking, a deal currently isn’t expected in the next two days.

While the magnitude of the parties’ positions isn’t known, Thomas stands to earn $13 million fully guaranteed in 2015, if the tag is applied and if he signs the franchise tender.  After the tag is applied, the Broncos and Thomas will have until July 15 to strike a long-term deal.

The eventual market for veteran receivers surely will be a major factor in negotiations.  If the coming glut of older pass-catchers sees the willingness of teams to spend plummet in light of the trend toward game-ready rookie wideouts, the Broncos may be less willing to pump up the numbers in order to get a deal done.

If/when Demaryius Thomas gets the tag, the stage will be set for tight end Julius Thomas to hit the market.  While many believe Julius is destined to no longer wear orange (yeah, I said it), quarterback Peyton Manning’s willingness to restructure possibly comes with a specific request to keep both Thomases around for 2015.

If that’s the directive, the smarter move could be to work out something with Demaryius Thomas before Monday, and then to use the franchise tag on Julius.  If agent Todd France anticipates the receiver market will soften to the point that the Broncos may actually offer less by late March or beyond, maybe the best move will be to take the best offer they’re willing to make now.  And maybe the Broncos’ best move will be to throw just enough extra on the pile to get Demaryius under contract — and then to keep Julius around with the tag.

20 responses to ““Safe bet” Demaryius Thomas will be tagged

  1. Damn it, Florio, now I want an Orange Julius. If Julius Thomas hits the market, Buffalo will probably make a nice offer. Greg Roman’s offense needs tight ends to work.

  2. Peyton better restructure. That’ll be $32 million fully guaranteed for 2 players, $110 mill-ish for the other 51 to split including the ridiculous contracts for Talib, Ware and Clady amongst others 😂

  3. Peyton Manning aka Stat Boy.

    Has no shot at another super bowl.

    They lost to the Rams last season.

    he is another year older and broke down even more.

    Enjoy the pat on the back when you beat the old gun slinger’s records.

    You will be an after thought when Brady gets one for the thumb.

  4. Don’t worry Demaryius, they cannot afford to sign a contract.

    They’re paying a 39 year old, perrenial choke artist, WAY TOO MUCH!!!

    Just face it Denver he’s a garbage in the playoffs, and he’s a major cap grievance. Unless you play a Rex Grossman esq. Qb in the Super Bowl, he won’t win. You’re just losing a bunch of players to keep around ole’ yeller.

  5. Thomas will be “trying” to catch passes from who?? Brock Oswhatshisname next year (2016). Elway better have a great sales pitch to lock up those pass catchers.

  6. I’d tag Thomas. If Peyton plays one more season, then you have a top WR that he already has chemistry with for that year. When Peyton goes, the value of that WR will plummet as will those stats that everyone is ripping Peyton for padding. Give Thomas a long term deal now and they end up w/ a QB problem upon Peyton’s retirement? They’ll have too much locked in on a WR who won’t perform to the contract. He just won’t. Brock can’t come off the bench and keep up w/ Peyton’s stats. Thomases will suffer.

  7. Wow. This just reminds me how young the Patriots are and how well positioned they are for 2015.

    I expect Vereen to go in free agency and understand the risk that two great locker room guys and class acts, Mayo and Wilfolk, may decide not to restructure. Also, there’s no assurance Revis will stay. It would not be ideal but Belichick has back-up plans in place for all of those risks and none of them cost a fortune. They would actually save huge dollars and salary cap.

    Elway, on the other hand, just keeps throwing big dollars at guys that just kicks the can down the road (this year or next) who if they lose he has no real plan B.

  8. That is good to hear because it will mean bad Karma for the Broncos when they work so hard to keep a very DIRTY player.

    Perhaps they won’t even get into the playoffs next season because they desire to keep such a dirty player on their squad.

  9. The Patriots GM didn’t make the foolish off-season moves last year with the Broncos in mind that Elway made with the Patriots in mind. So, no, we are not really concerned. In the last 14 years the Patriots have been to the Super Bowl 6 times, the Broncos once and they lost in a blowout.

    If you find fault in my logic feel free to disagree. You’re a fan (aka, a fanatic). You don’t need to logical.

  10. Its amazing how ignorant the average PFT commenter is about the Broncos’ cap situation. They have $29 mil before any cuts or restructures and only two recently signed contracts that would create a net loss if those players were released today [Harris, Roby]. Elway has been a fantastic cap manager.

  11. I trust most fans understand that Elway and Belichick have two very different approaches to building a team.

    Elway, having been a number one pick and a franchise star, has a natural bias for guys with a pedigree. Belichick, on the other hand, likes guys that are team players and do their job.

    Elway keeps thinking he is one or two star players away and he pays to go get them. He also believes in addition by subtraction so he signed Welker and Talib.

    Belichick put a rookie street free agent into the Super Bowl in the fourth quarter and the kid won the game with an interception on a play Belichick taught him how to make that very week in practice.

  12. magnumpimustache says: Feb 28, 2015 10:10 AM

    Peyton Manning aka Stat Boy.

    Has no shot at another super bowl.

    They lost to the Rams last season.

    he is another year older and broke down even more.

    Enjoy the pat on the back when you beat the old gun slinger’s records.

    You will be an after thought when Brady gets one for the thumb.

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    What’s your point the Seahawks lost to Rams as well?

  13. And with this move. Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson are probably smiling cheek to cheek. Because they will make an all out push to get Julius Thomas in Seattle to pair up with Beast Mode, Kearse, Baldwin, Lockett, Willson and the other receivers who started to really blossom toward the end of last season. Pair Julius with that group and a predicted continued improvement of Russell Wilson in 2015. And they could have Super Bowl win number 2. If the Seahawks stay reasonably healthy.

  14. tigerlilac says:
    Feb 28, 2015 11:51 AM
    The Patriots GM didn’t make the foolish off-season moves last year with the Broncos in mind that Elway made with the Patriots in mind. So, no, we are not really concerned. In the last 14 years the Patriots have been to the Super Bowl 6 times, the Broncos once and they lost in a blowout.

    If you find fault in my logic feel free to disagree. You’re a fan (aka, a fanatic). You don’t need to logical.
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    it is a big inference you make to say any NFL GM makes personnel moves with a specific team in mind (especially out of division). They all address weaknesses of their own team.

  15. “it is a big inference you make to say any NFL GM makes personnel moves with a specific team in mind (especially out of division). They all address weaknesses of their own team.”

    You can believe that if it reaffirms your beliefs. Logic, common sense, and observation tell a different story. Elway made the moves not just for the Patriots but also for Seattle. The Manning window was a major factor s well. Elway mortgaged the future for the present. I’ll give him credit for trying but it didn’t work and he blamed it on the coaches.

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