Report: Five years, $70 million for Demaryius Thomas too

AP

Maybe the Cowboys and Broncos were colluding all along, but Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas may be too busy cashing checks to care all that much.

Minutes after word of Bryant’s five-year, $70 million contract with the Cowboys broke, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Broncos and Thomas have agreed to a multi-year contract. The general terms will sound quite familiar to anyone who read the previous sentence.

Per Schefter, it’s a five-year, $70 million contract for Thomas as well. We don’t have all the details of the deal yet, but there is at least one point where the deals don’t match up. Bryant got $45 million guaranteed from the Cowboys, but Thomas’s deal comes with $43.5 million guaranteed.

There were reports that the NFLPA was going to pursue collusion charges against both teams if the players did not sign long-term deals before Wednesday’s deadline to lock up franchised players beyond the 2015 season because of comments Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones made to Bryant about talking to Broncos General Manager John Elway about the two players. Signing two deals with the same total value may not do much to counter the notion that the two men discussed their franchise-tagged receivers, but it likely takes the steam out of a fight since both players got what they wanted.

Five players received franchise tags this offseason. With Bryant, Thomas, Stephen Gostkowski and Justin Houston agreeing to deals on Wednesday, only Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is poised to play out the year on the tag.

95 responses to “Report: Five years, $70 million for Demaryius Thomas too

  1. Not weird or anything they have the exact same deal after all those Denver/Cowboys rumors about collusion floating around.

  2. Julio Jones and AJ Green are going to cash in! I bet AJ signs the exact same deal as Dez and Demaryius. Julio is going to wait patiently and sign for 5/75 or 5/80.

  3. Payton and Ware both need to be gone next year if the Broncos want to sign Von Miller an the rest of the young guys coming due in the next two years.

  4. It isn’t a deal until the fax is sent! I hope the Broncos bought a new and improved fax machine!!

  5. As I sit hear at my desk and read that amount of money… I wish I was 6’3 and an top 5 NFL WR.

  6. This bum is not even close to GOD’S CHOSEN WIDE RECIEVER, DeSean Jackson! Him paired up with the greatest Quarterback of all time, Robert Griffin III, will be deadly!

    #HTTR
    #GodsTeam

  7. Looks like there might have been some collusion after all but I don’t expect anything to come out of it. However, I think Thomas should have stuck to a short term deal considering Manning doesn’t have much time left, but that’s just my opinion.

  8. Julio, AJ, and a bunch of stud wideouts, will get a similar deal.. kinda shows how much the Lions overpaid. i understand, yeah they were operating under Johnson’s rookie deal. They still overpaid tho…

  9. The NFLPA should still look into the collusion allegations. Bryant and Thomas sign for damn near the same contract with almost the same guaranteed isn’t coincidence.

  10. patsfan1820 says:
    Jul 15, 2015 3:53 PM
    Looks like there might have been some collusion after all but I don’t expect anything to come out of it. However, I think Thomas should have stuck to a short term deal considering Manning doesn’t have much time left, but that’s just my opinion.
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    Hard to turn down $43.5 mil under any circumstances, especially when any given day/week that could go up in flames with one torn knee ligament

  11. kh221 says:

    As I sit hear at my desk and read that amount of money… I wish I was 6’3 and an top 5 NFL WR.

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    You might not be 6’3 but learning how to spell may get you a couple % raise 😉

  12. Collusion-Doesn’t matter… They both agree to the deal. I believe it was Dez and Thomas colluded to get 70 mill

  13. Johnny Boy, are you gonna pay him under the table to circumvent the cap like how you and Terrell Davis got paid during your tainted SB runs?

    Sorry kids, truth hurts.

  14. As a Raider fan…good news. The broncos won’t cap room after they pay Miller too. 2 players taking up over 20% of the team cap. lovely John lol

  15. That’s too bad. I had hoped they’d hold out on him, make him play under the tag this year, and see what happens with the new offense.

    Ideally, a front office will draft well and not overpay for free agent/restricted agent talent. By holding the line against the Thomases, at least the Broncos front office would have done one of the two. Now it’s doing neither.

    It’ll be interesting to see if they have enough cap space to retain Von Miller. Ware and Talib are probably in their final year in the orange and blue.

  16. 4.63% of that goes to the state of Colorado who is already 88 billion dollars in debt. So it will get thrown in the toilet. God Bless Texas.

  17. Hard to turn down $43.5 mil under any circumstances, especially when any given day/week that could go up in flames with one torn knee ligament
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    Fair enough

  18. With a combo of Kubiak being a more ground and pound coach and Manning on his last stand I just don’t see Thomas seeing that whole contract paid out with the Broncos IMO.

  19. Amazing, they don’t even care enough to put in any effort to make it look like there was no collusion. To announce matching deals for these guys on the same day with the rumors floating around. You might as well put JJ on a podium screaming “heck ya we colluded” while waving 2 middle fingers.

  20. Identical contracts. HAHA

    If only there was an available attorney looking for another $5 million payday to investigate both clubs …

    Wait — it doesn’t involve the Patriots? Ok. Guess no one cares.

  21. icalvoicesays says:
    Jul 15, 2015 3:52 PM
    This bum is not even close to GOD’S CHOSEN WIDE RECIEVER, DeSean Jackson! Him paired up with the greatest Quarterback of all time, Robert Griffin III, will be deadly!

    #HTTR
    #GodsTeam

    Dez goes across the middle though

  22. Compared to the Bryant/Thomas deals, the extensions handed out by the Packers over the past 12 months look like a steal:

    Jordy Nelson – 5 years, $43 mil ($11.5 mil signing bonus). $8.6mil AAV

    Randall Cobb – 4 years, $40 mil ($17 mil guaranteed) $10mil AAV

  23. logicalvoicesays says:
    Jul 15, 2015 3:52 PM

    This bum is not even close to GOD’S CHOSEN WIDE RECIEVER, DeSean Jackson! Him paired up with the greatest Quarterback of all time, Robert Griffin III, will be deadly!

    #HTTR
    #GodsTeam
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    Go away you useless troll.

  24. Why should the union have to pursue collusion charges? There is evidence of collusion that has been made public. Why isn’t the league pursuing collusion charges on its own? Is it because this case is too open and shut and doesn’t provide a venue for a $5million witch hunt that comes up empty more probably than not?

    Just because the players are happy with the result of the collusion and so are the two colluding teams doesn’t make it right. The 30 other owners would be angry if “integrity of the game” actually meant anything.

  25. With a combo of Kubiak being a more ground and pound coach and Manning on his last stand I just don’t see Thomas seeing that whole contract paid out with the Broncos IMO.
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    Maybe you’re right. But Kubiak did have need for Andre Johnson all those years in Houston.

  26. Aren’t both players represented by the same agent company?

    dt wanted a 7 year deal until dez signed

  27. Wow – Dez Bryant trying to behave for 5 yrs. with $45 million in his pocket?
    Oh, forgot, he’ll be bankrupt by Year 6.

  28. Amazing how both teams made such similar deals at exactly the same time. Collusion more probable than not. That means guilt in the NFL. but it will be swept under the rug.

  29. ctiggs says:
    Jul 15, 2015 3:51 PM
    Anquan Boldin > Demaryius Thomas #GoNiners #Nobodyhasitbetter

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    Dude, as a fellow Niner fan…your making us look bad with these comments (and you said the same thing about Dez). I mean I LOVE Boldin but it’s comments like this that feed the PFT audience in their bashing of us.

    Love your team whether we win or lose…but stop feeding the trolls.

  30. If nothing’s done about this obvious collusion, then the league really has ZERO credibility going forward.

    This is just way too obvious.

  31. Collusion? Ahh, who gives a crap? Both players got paid, both teams got their players. Sounds like the collusion worked out great for everyone. Not sure why it’s even an issue.

  32. Vic Lombardi has a great point the whole process is Collusion. the salary cap and the franchise tag are collusion too.

  33. Sorry to throw a damper on this, but no one plays out these contracts. A year or two and they are asked to renegotiate their deal or get cut. It’s a broken system and I would be very surprised if these guys collect 70 million from either the Cowboys or the Broncos. It doesn’t happen that way anymore. But I bet the agent will get the same chunk no matter what.

  34. 10% of cap for players that touch the ball 6 times on a good day.
    Belichick can only lead the other GMs to water….he can’t stop them from not recognizing how value is calculated. Breaking the bank for a WR is as unBelichickian a move as there ever was. How many Lombardis has Megatron or Fitzgerald or Green or Julio Jones…hoisted.
    Wake up rest of the NFL…..you are securing mediocrity by overpaying WRs

  35. No collusion. The science of numbers proves that $70 million doesn’t equal $70 million.

    Signed,
    Pats Nation*

  36. Collusion was never going to be an issue since the Patriots weren’t potentially involved. If they were, it would be another major scandal. It’s the price they pay for being so successful.

  37. DT was wise to take the money while Peyton is still around to make him look good.

    That said, they are both overpaid & will never see the full amount.

  38. abninf says:
    Jul 15, 2015 4:03 PM
    4.63% of that goes to the state of Colorado who is already 88 billion dollars in debt. So it will get thrown in the toilet. God Bless Texas.

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    Didn’t everyone in Colorado get money back last year because they had such a surplus?

  39. As noted in another PFT item, IT SHOULDN’T MATTER if they both signed. The union seemingly has a duty to press the collusion case. Frankly, I would lose all faith in my union if they didn’t! Yes, Dez and Demarius got what they wanted, but the evidence of collusion is glaringly obvious because the deals are so close to identical.

    #CollusionDilution

  40. Good for Demaryius Thomas.

    He gets paid regardless if its Manning throwing to him (this year) or Matt Cassell / Ryan Fitzpatrick (next year).

  41. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says:
    Jul 15, 2015 3:59 PM

    Johnny Boy, are you gonna pay him under the table to circumvent the cap like how you and Terrell Davis got paid during your tainted SB runs?

    Sorry kids, truth hurts.
    ====================

    It’s been nearly two decades. Seriously dude. Grow up.

  42. Collusion hurts other players too, not just those involved in the specific contracts. This really does warrant an investigation, not merely because it’s unlikely the Broncos and Cowboys have done this before.

  43. Collusion?

    Prove it. Bryant’s deal set the market rate for DT and both players got paid.

    So baby, where’s the beef? Show us your collusion, now!

  44. logicalvoicesays says:
    Jul 15, 2015 3:52 PM

    This bum is not even close to GOD’S CHOSEN WIDE RECIEVER, DeSean Jackson! Him paired up with the greatest Quarterback of all time, Robert Griffin III, will be deadly!
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    Go back to your other screen names.

  45. Omg Pats fans, just shut the heck up. We get it, you feel like your team is being railroaded. You don’t need to come on every single article and throw a hissy about things only being an issue when the Pats are involved.

    If you are trying to create sympathy for your team I can promise you that constantly posting stuff like that is having the exact opposite affect.

  46. Anyone one to take a bet that neither player ever, and I mean ever, sees all $70 million. Make up a number and put it on an NFL contract. Doesn’t matter since they are not guaranteed anyway.

  47. Only the third players in history with 3 straight seasons of 90+ receptions, 1400+ yards and 10+ touchdowns. The other two are Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison. But yeah he’s overrated…

    As far as his numbers dropping with the new offense, I think it’s more likely that the number 2 and 3 receivers see their numbers drop a little bit, Thomas will put up his 90+, 1400+, 10+.

  48. The similarities in the contracts make the collusion claim all the more palpable. Why not pursue it anyway? What do they have to lose? Just because they got good contracts does not mean the could not have gotten better one and has no bearing on whether the teams colluded or not.

  49. Sounds more like Thomas & Bryant were talking to one another, but that’s not illegal. Or that’s just the going rate for a top-flight receiver this year. Players sign similar contracts all the time…it helps justify the marketplace, like the MLS with houses.

  50. Broncos should have traded Peyton Manning to Houston while they had the chance.

    Manning will weigh the Broncos down next year. 5-11 year tops.

  51. Trying to cheat the salary caps again I see…either that or the rest of the players on the Cowboys and Broncos will be paid in pennies. Where’s Ted Wells when you need him to investigate?

  52. Dreamicus: It wouldn’t be the two players pursuing it, it would be the NFLPA, and there’s zero proof that it happened, at the time they had an angry Dez Bryant saying it, now that he got paid, there’s a pretty good chance that he “won’t remember” what happened in the conversation between him and Stephen Jones. Add to that, the goal of any lawsuit wouldn’t be to get them more money, it would have been to either make them free agents or to make it so that neither team could use the franchise tag on these two players again next year. Both players are satisfied, there’s no reason to do either of those things.

    As for the contracts being identical, they’re two players with similar skillsets, similar stats and they were drafted around the same place. They also have the same agency representing them, it’s very likely that the players talked (which is allowed) and were asking for the same thing.

  53. Collusion?

    Prove it. Bryant’s deal set the market rate for DT and both players got paid. Comprende?

    So baby, where’s the beef? Show us your collusion, now!

  54. oh great, there goes the steelers cap in a few years. Given these numbers, the best WR in the game is easily worth $100M.

  55. Before you all whine about how overpaid NFL players are and that you can’t afford to go to games anymore (there’s a salary cap so wth are you talking about), here’s what some other professional athletes make:

    NBA:

    Reggie Jackson (not Mr. October) – some NBA player I wouldn’t know if I fell over him – $17.8M per

    Goran Dragic (who?) – $17M per

    Enes Canter (not the Enos from Dukes!) – $17.5M

    MLB:

    Russell Martin (32 yr old catcher) – $16.4M per

    Zach Greinke (he’s good but 2x Dez?) $27M per

    Nick Swisher – $15M

    Whiners…go away now!

  56. oh great, there goes the steelers cap in a few years. Given these numbers, the best WR in the game is easily worth $100M.

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    I didn’t realize the Steelers already had plans to sign Calvin Johnson.

  57. So the collusion rumors were justified?

    The same contract money, the same contract length, and announced on the same day?

    Yeah, that doesn’t seem suspicious at all.

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