Demaryius Thomas knows that his time in Denver may be ending soon

AP

The Broncos added a pair of receivers in the first four rounds of the draft this year, despite having Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Some think that the team added Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton with the idea that the team will use either or both to replace either or both of the entrenched starters, the Broncos also may be guarding against the possibility that Thomas decides to call it quits earlier than expected.

As explained by James Palmer of NFL Media, Thomas spent time contemplating his football mortality in the offseason, primary due to injuries that have limited his effectiveness.

“For, like, the past two years, for real, it’s been my neck and my hip,” Thomas told Palmer. “It was just times I couldn’t compete my best. And you know, sometimes, I remember one game we were playing the Patriots, and [Logan Ryan] called it out. He said, ‘You’re not yourself.’ And I was like, ‘Man, I’m doing whatever I can to try to get attention.'”

The goal was to keep teams from realizing he wasn’t himself, so that others on the offense would have an easier time operating. And he’s talking about it now because he’s finally healthy and reinvigorated.

“Now I’m thinking [about playing] 15 or 16 [years],” Thomas told Palmer. “Like, for real, I’m going to be like Larry Fitzgerald. Maybe even more. It just depends, you know? I mean, sh-t, tomorrow I could finish my career off of one crazy injury. But yeah, my mindset has changed.”

Thomas saw his streak of five straight 1,000-yard seasons end in 2017, missing the milestone by only 51 yards. The year before, he made it by only 83. That’s a far cry from his career best of more than 1,600 yards. And it’s causing some to wonder whether one of the rookies will be replacing Thomas sooner than later, something Thomas isn’t happy about hearing.

“It be hurting me sometimes man,” Thomas told Palmer. “I love my young guys . . . but they putting my young guys over me already, and they ain’t even played a down. I be like, all right, cool. It’s whatever. Everybody got their own opinion. I let it slide. I used to not let it slide. It used to, like, bother my game. So now it’s like, it is what it is. It’s like, [I have] no cares about it. I’m going to go out every week, I’m going to go out every day and I’m going to work my ass off every day to be the best I’m going to be. If my best ain’t good enough for here, then you never know.”

His best may barely be good enough for the $8.5 million he’s due to earn in 2018, but Thomas will see his salary spike to $14 million in 2019, the final season of the five-year, $70 million contract he signed in 2015. Another season south of 1,000 yards may be enough to get the Broncos to give Thomas a chance to finish his career elsewhere, especially if Sutton and Hamilton pan out. Thomas realizes that some Broncos fans may be fine with that.

“[T]here’s some fans here that don’t like me,” Thomas told Palmer. “I don’t know why. I really don’t know why. Maybe it’s because I don’t cheer, I’ve had my drops here and there, but I don’t know why. But I’m going to keep playing for the organization, my teammates and myself. All the other people, I don’t got to worry about right now. I do it for the fans for sure; they ain’t got to do what we do from 6 to 8 o’clock. They ain’t got to go out there on the field and do what we do. I love the city, and I’ve been loving them since I got here. Since Day One. Since me and [Tim] Tebow [in round one of the 2010 draft]. Since those days.”

Those days are long gone. And there’s a chance that, after this season, Thomas will join Tebow in being long gone from the Broncos, unless Thomas is prepared to slash his salary dramatically. Actually, it’s possible that Thomas will get a request to do just between now and the start of the regular season, when his $8.5 million becomes as a practical matter guaranteed.

17 responses to “Demaryius Thomas knows that his time in Denver may be ending soon

  1. This Bronco fan considers this a sign of capitalism, which I wholly embrace. A person gets as much as he can while he can, but at some point his equipment becomes outdated and somebody else offers better value Just ask Safeway about Amazon. Or Yellow Cab about Uber. Same goes for an aging receiver. This is why these guys should learn about economics in College or as part of their rookie camp. That way they can learn how to live on their money for a lifetime.

  2. His career would be prolonged if his hands weren’t below average. Even Broncos fans must agree he has too many drops.

  3. Worst extensions to a pair of WR’s in modern history? D. Thomas & D. Bryant? Prove me wrong.

  4. He always takes himself out of games, he drops more balls than anyone in the league and he has never really used his size advantage to take advantage of anyone. He is not a vocal leader on the team, etc, etc etc. Its hard to like him. I say all of this and you look at his stats and he may end up breaking every receiving record the broncos have.

  5. allsyntax says:
    August 9, 2018 at 8:20 am
    Worst extensions to a pair of WR’s in modern history? D. Thomas & D. Bryant? Prove me wrong.

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    Rick Smith extending Andre Johnson and Arian Foster at the same time sunk the Texans.

    You trade those guys out if they think they should be overpaid at the back end of their careers. You don’t pay em whatever they want and then double down.

    It’s just so stupid.

  6. allsyntax says:

    August 9, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Worst extensions to a pair of WR’s in modern history? D. Thomas & D. Bryant? Prove me wrong.

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    It’s real dangerous to give massive contracts to WRs that have been playing with elite QBs, because you don’t know if it’s more the QB or the WR. I would be really worried about that Cooks contract. He played with Brees and Brady…comparably, you look at Diggs or Thielen that had Teddy, Bradford, and Keenum. I would invest in either of those guys before Cooks.

  7. It was time for Thomas to leave Denver before the arrival of Peyton Manning. Having Orton and Tebow throwing passes prior almost had him labeled as a bust. Not to to mention the latest crop of passers after Manning’s retirement. If it wasnt for Peyton possibly lobbing for your new contract you would’ve been a free agent years ago. Sorry it you’re only as good as your QB. I think Denver fans will agree.

  8. kevines255 says:
    August 9, 2018 at 9:49 am
    allsyntax says:

    August 9, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Worst extensions to a pair of WR’s in modern history? D. Thomas & D. Bryant? Prove me wrong.

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    It’s real dangerous to give massive contracts to WRs that have been playing with elite QBs, because you don’t know if it’s more the QB or the WR. I would be really worried about that Cooks contract. He played with Brees and Brady…comparably, you look at Diggs or Thielen that had Teddy, Bradford, and Keenum. I would invest in either of those guys before Cooks.

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    Cooks will be a playaction, one-dimensional deep threat, which is pretty much all he is.

    He runs solid mid range routes, but isn’t keen on going over the middle on drags and crosses, but yeah, it’s a bit naive to think he is worth double what he is really worth on the market, going from Brees/Brady–>Goff.

    He’ll get some homerun plays here and there, but he’s not a #1 and not worth 14 mil per.

    It’s preposterous.

  9. “His career would be prolonged if his hands weren’t below average. Even Broncos fans must agree he has too many drops.”
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    This is fact. He also can totally disappear in some games which just shouldn’t happen given his skills. Another issue is I don’t believe the Broncos have ever truly maximized him in their offense. They’ve been addicted to ultra-short passes for the last several seasons (some of that caused by their line being poor, but still) and Thomas is better working down the field. They paid him like they were going to make him a center piece but never did.

  10. Lot of hate for a WR who is better then 85% of the receivers in the league. He might not be a “top 10 WR” but he is definitely top 20. The mistake is money. Bronco fans rate him on money he’s paid. Take money out of it then rate him. Is he good for 500k a year?
    In Philly we paid Alshon Jeffrey a nice extension after a one yr prove it contract. He only had 57 catches. Some would say that’s not enough for his salary. I say I wouldn’t trade him for most WRs in the league. I would swap him for Thomas though..

  11. I don’t get emotionally attached to any players, I always did like Thomas even though he never really endeared himself to the fans which is fine, but that “they ain’t got to do what we do from 6 to 8 o’clock” is garbage, most fans are busy at work buying his Jersey, buying grossly over priced tickets to watch him play and every other 40 dollar toaster with a broncos sticker on it, believe me I’ll go run around outside playing a game for millions of dollars than go to work 12 hours a day.

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