No signs of progress for Broncos and Demaryius Thomas

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Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas remains unsigned with just over a week to go before the July 15 deadline for franchise players to reach long-term deals. And there are few signs that the two sides are getting close to a contract.

The Denver Post reports that Thomas wants Calvin Johnson money. That’s just not going to happen. As good as Thomas is, he’s not Calvin Johnson. And even Calvin Johnson isn’t worth Calvin Johnson money: Johnson will cost more than $65 million against the Lions’ cap over the next three years, and the Lions will likely either ask Johnson to take a pay cut or cut him before he plays out his contract.

So if Thomas isn’t worth Calvin Johnson money, what is he worth? According to the report, Thomas feels that it would be hard to take less than $40 million guaranteed, and the Broncos aren’t inclined to give him that.

Which means Thomas and the Broncos probably won’t come to terms, and Thomas will probably play this season on the $12.8 million franchise tag. The question then is whether Thomas will sign the franchise tag this month and report to camp on time, or hold out until the end of the preseason and come into the regular season having done no work in new coach Gary Kubiak’s offense. If it’s the latter, the Broncos will be starting the season with their best offensive playmaker trying to play catch-up.

22 responses to “No signs of progress for Broncos and Demaryius Thomas

  1. Church boy turned diva. Glad to see he’s enjoying his time with manning before he goes back to tebow or some bad rookie to throw at him

  2. Why would he want to sign a long term deal with ole noodle arm anyway? He’ll probably take a “champion discount” and sign with the Pats.

  3. I love DT. I think he’s a fantastic person and would definitely be a fan favorite for years to come. That being said, imagine what Calvin Johnson’s number would look like if he had Manning chucking him the rock instead of Stafford?

    DT is a top flight WR, but not that top flight.

  4. I think he signs for the franchise tag and show up to camp. I would be very surprised if he missed any training camp practices. Unfortunately, I think this will be his last season in Denver. Because next year Denver has to choose to pay him or Von Miller. Von Miller will get his pay day and Thomas will be forced to move on to another team.

  5. Broncos are on the verge of falling apart again. Manning is toast and they really should have shown him the door after the debacle that was the second half of last season.

  6. Between his size, speed, and receiving skills not to mention Thomas just entering his prime he would command a premium on the open market.

    For players the Franchise system really does sucks and they should have fought long ago to either remove it or limit it’s use to once per player per career……

    My strategy as an agent in this system would be to always sign the tag and take out insurance for career threatening injury. Always try to get to the open market to get your true value assessed.

  7. This is great news….After Peyton leaves its all down hill! Get your popcorn ready!

  8. widerightyouloseagain says:
    Jul 7, 2015 9:59 AM
    I don’t believe they’re going to sign him because they’re going to be in cap hell a year from now.
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    How are the Broncos going to be in Cap Hell?

    Manning is likely gone. That is 19 million in room right there

    Doubtful they keep Clady at his current deal. He’s 1.2 million in dead cap, so that is 8.9 million in space.

    Ware is 1.66 million of dead cap and that would free up 10 million in space.

    Talib will be 3 million in dead money, freeing up 7 million in cap.

    All told Denver has a huge amount of flexibility with their cap. Through those 4 players, they can free up 44.9 Million.

    So again, how is that Cap hell?

  9. So again, how is that Cap hell?
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    By your own explanation… It’s either cap hell or a team with no talent, LOL.

  10. pats777 says:
    Jul 7, 2015 12:01 PM
    So again, how is that Cap hell?
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    By your own explanation… It’s either cap hell or a team with no talent, LOL.

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    Ahh, the patriots talking about salary cap hell. How is paying Revis five million to play against you feeling.

  11. All told Denver has a huge amount of flexibility with their cap. Through those 4 players, they can free up 44.9 Million
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    Add that to the usual Bronco salary cap shenanigans and that number could reach as high as 100 Million.

  12. DT doesn’t always give his full effort while running routes. That will only get worse if he gets the money he’s looking for.

  13. gobolts says:
    Jul 7, 2015 12:28 PM
    All told Denver has a huge amount of flexibility with their cap. Through those 4 players, they can free up 44.9 Million
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    Add that to the usual Bronco salary cap shenanigans and that number could reach as high as 100 Million.

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    Oh hahaha, we have a Chargers fan poking fun at the Broncos for paying interest on deferred payments to various Broncos. Denver did this because they were paying for a lions share of their stadium. But I suppose San Diego wouldn’t know about paying for a stadium right?

    *My brother is a Chargers fan and I do feel your pain. Having the Spanos clan at the helm is almost as bad as the Yorks. Some ways worse, because they have studs like LT and Rivers, that they just let waste away*

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