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WR Demaryius Thomas Wants Big Money in New Deal to Stay with Broncos

Divisional Playoffs - Indianapolis Colts v Denver Broncos

The Broncos gave wide receiver Demaryius Thomas the franchise tag. They have eight days to sign him or else he will have to play under the $12.823 million franchise tag for 2015.

According Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Thomas wants Calvin Johnson money, which is $16 million per season and $48 million guaranteed.

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  1. ben

    July 7, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    You’ve heard of greedy players, in the case of DT, we may be talking about a greedy agent. I remember at the end of the year, when someone had asked him about his contract he said he was willing to take a home town discount to stay in Denver. Now all of a sudden (and DT doesn’t come across as a dishonest man) he wants to be paid Calvin Johnson money at $16M/season and $48M in guarantees. There isn’t a GM in the league that thinks that contract was appropriate at the time, and even in today’s landscape some years later. That contract was an exception rather than the rule, and we are talking about a guy who put up super human numbers including a 20+ TD season. DT has put up very good numbers with Peyton Manning, prior to that he was below average, albeit young, injury prone and had to deal with below standard QB play. Do you want to know the most important statistic about Calvin Johnson? He was the best player in his prime on a team that went 0-16! Yes, you read that right. WR’s are arguably one of the most over hyped positions on the football field. And name a upper echelon highly paid WR that has made a huge impact in a recent Super Bowl for the winning team? You won’t find one. And to say in a salary cap era that DT is worth $16M/season and mid/lower upper tier QB guarantees at $48M is quite insane, if you are trying to “Win from now on,” as Elway famously said. This is why I think Denver should move on from trying to lock up DT long-term. They should put their focus on locking up Miller and Malik Jackson, which is far better money spent. Then franchise DT next season (again!) and trade him for a 1st and 3rd and use that to retool this roster for life after Peyton. Sanders and Latimer will be able to provide enough production in a run-based offense that we will be running under Kubiak. I’ve seldom questioned any moves Elway has made, but how he handles the DT contract situation will be interesting. A team friendly, DT friendly contract would be something like this– 5 years, $68M with $40M guaranteed. In that neighborhood, I say bring him back, but it’s right player, right price that must be adhered to here. Over pay a pass rusher or QB if you are going to over pay anybody, not a WR! His agent should be able to make plenty of money to buy himself whatever house or car is missing from his life too. What do you think Bronco fans?

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