Demaryius Thomas deal “not likely” at this point

AP

With a little more than 48 hours to go until the deadline for signing franchise players to long-term deals comes and goes for 2015, some think the Broncos could take a page from their 2013 playbook, when they signed tackle Ryan Clady to a long-term deal as the window for inking tagged players to multi-year contracts closed.

That same outcome is still possible for Thomas, but as of right now it would be an upset.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s currently “not likely” that the Broncos and Thomas will work out a new contract before the close of business on Wednesday.

It means that Thomas and the Broncos thereafter would be able to do only a one-year contract. The terms could be changed; the Broncos could, in theory, offer more than the $12.8 million tender to get him to show up for training camp, or they could promise not to use the franchise tag on him in 2016.

If he plays for $12.8 million in 2015, the Broncos would have to give him a 20-percent raise in order to tag him again next year. That’s more than $15.3 million for a receiver they may not be able to fully utilize if quarterback Peyton Manning retires after the coming season.

Given Manning’s uncertain status beyond 2015, a multi-year investment in Thomas also may not make much sense for the Broncos. Then there’s the aftermath of the 2013 contract with Clady, who suffered a season-ending injury in Week Two of the 2013 season and who already is done for 2015 with a torn ACL.

27 responses to “Demaryius Thomas deal “not likely” at this point

  1. Looking more and more likely that Bridgewater or Carr would’ve been a better pick than Robley (not to say Robley isn’t a good player).
    Maybe Grappolo (sp) in the second over Lattimer too.
    Is Brock the answer after ‘the forehead’ retires?

  2. If he plays for $12.8 million in 2015, the Broncos would have to give him a 20-percent raise in order to tag him again next year. That’s more than $15.3 million for a receiver they may not be able to fully utilize if quarterback Peyton Manning retires after the coming season.

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    Demariyus Thomas saw success with Kyle Orton and Time Tebow at quarterback. I’m pretty sure you don’t need a Peyton Manning on the team to make use of him.

  3. Yeah Thomas wants to get PAID, which is why he won’t be playing for the Pats any season soon.

  4. steelerben says:
    Jul 13, 2015 12:55 PM
    If he plays for $12.8 million in 2015, the Broncos would have to give him a 20-percent raise in order to tag him again next year. That’s more than $15.3 million for a receiver they may not be able to fully utilize if quarterback Peyton Manning retires after the coming season.

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    Demariyus Thomas saw success with Kyle Orton and Time Tebow at quarterback. I’m pretty sure you don’t need a Peyton Manning on the team to make use of him.
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    Fully utilizing a receiver is different than success. Look at Thomas’s numbers before and after Manning and you’ll see he was getting fully utilized before Manning. However Thomas is an elite receiver so he will have success under almost any QB and you don’t find many wr with his talent so Denver would be wise to hang on to him with or without Manning.

  5. inbillwetrust says:
    Jul 13, 2015 12:53 PM
    Thomas will be a Patriots in 2016 u heard it here first..
    And Tom’s Last few years will be great ones
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    and you were first because it makes no sense. DT wants monster money, and the patriots don’t do that for receivers.

  6. Thomas was the main reason the Broncos upset the Steelers in the wildcard game in January 2012. How does a 4 catch 204 yards, 1 OT/game winning TD sound WITH Tebow as your QB?

  7. Jul 13, 2015 12:55 PM – steelerben says: Demariyus Thomas saw success with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow at quarterback. I’m pretty sure you don’t need a Peyton Manning on the team to make use of him.

    Uh, DT averaged 27 catches for 417 yards in two years with Orton and Tebow, and then 99 catches for 1494 yards in three years with Manning. How do you define success?

  8. sactogary says:
    Jul 13, 2015 2:46 PM
    Jul 13, 2015 12:55 PM – steelerben says: Demariyus Thomas saw success with Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow at quarterback. I’m pretty sure you don’t need a Peyton Manning on the team to make use of him.

    Uh, DT averaged 27 catches for 417 yards in two years with Orton and Tebow, and then 99 catches for 1494 yards in three years with Manning. How do you define success?

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    His first season he played in ten games and his second season they attempted 429 passes the entire year. Of course that is going to result in lower numbers, however the statistics he was able to put up in limited time and with limited opportunity showed he can be successful regardless of how terrible his quarterback is. I sincerely doubt that the Broncos will move on from Manning with someone who averages 10.3 passing attempts a game.

  9. It makes zero sense to suggest that DT is too good to saddle with a lesser QB. The dude is a scheme changer that can rip the top off a defense. The idea that he would be extravagant luxury for, say, Brock Oswieler is ridiculous.

    In fact, he’d be a Godsend. BO has a much better chance with DT than without him.

    A DT exodus will expedite the end of the Elway GM era in Denver, because when Oz angers in, the Duke is going to lose his Teflon.

  10. Demarious Thomas takes plays off, drops a ton of balls and thats before a big contract. Now he wants Calvin Johnson money? The broncos would be dumb to do that. Let him get over paid somewhere else

  11. Jul 13, 2015 2:12 PM – bullogne says: Thomas was the main reason the Broncos upset the Steelers in the wildcard game in January 2012. How does a 4 catch 204 yards, 1 OT/game winning TD sound WITH Tebow as your QB?

    It sounds like someone one was throwing catchable passes to him.

  12. Jul 13, 2015 3:15 PM – steelerben says: … I sincerely doubt that the Broncos will move on from Manning with someone who averages 10.3 passing attempts a game.

    10.3 attempts per game for Tebow? Now you’re just making stuff up. He averaged 25 attempts per start for the Broncos.

  13. Bus1717,
    I don’t see DT going to the Patriots. But it sure would be sweet. Last couple of years with Brady, Gronk at TE, Edelman and DT as WRs. They would tear everybody up. 2015 (w/o DT), 2016, 2017, 2018 (w/ DT), 4 SBs sewn up.

    Don’t know what it would cost DT. But if anyone would trade big salary for legacy and certain HoF, DT might be the man.

    A nice dream.

    Oh I forgot. Goodell is still here. He would probably ban such a trade under a new parity assurance rule.

  14. you said the same thing about Revis and were wrong then also.

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    Umm . . . what? Revis took $12mil to go to the Pats.

    After getting out of an avg $16mil /yr contract with the bucs . . . . and then won a superbowl.

    What part of that was incorrect?

  15. sactogary says:
    Jul 13, 2015 4:43 PM
    Jul 13, 2015 3:15 PM – steelerben says: … I sincerely doubt that the Broncos will move on from Manning with someone who averages 10.3 passing attempts a game.

    10.3 attempts per game for Tebow? Now you’re just making stuff up. He averaged 25 attempts per start for the Broncos.
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    That was a lazy stat on my part. Career stat for Tebow is 10.3 attempts per game. I didn’t factor in his time with the Jets. He averaged 19.4 attempts per game in 2011 and 9.1 attempts per game in 2010 for a career average of 14.25 attempts per game with Denver. Those, of course, are regular season stats, because I used regular season stats for Damaryius.

    I’m sorry I cheated Tebow out of 3.95 attempts per game. I suppose that qualifies as, “making stuff up”.

  16. Pack him off to the Eagles and let him play with timmy. He may get his money but he’ll be in the same position that Decker is in.

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