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Demaryius Thomas | Wide Receiver

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 229
College: Georgia Tech
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Broncos GM John Elway said franchise player Demaryius Thomas staying away from team activities will have "zero effect" on long-term talks.
Elway insists he would "like to get something done," but is perturbed by Thomas' absence. Either way, he says it won't give Thomas any sort of a leg up in talks. Elway believes Thomas' absence holds "zero value" for either party. It's an unusually candid tone for a general manager mired in what is shaping up as a typically testy franchise-player negotiation. Apr 23 - 3:22 PM
Source: Denver Post

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Broncos GM John Elway says he sees "absolutely zero value" in franchise player Demaryius Thomas skipping offseason work.

"To be dead honest with you, I see absolutely zero value with him being away from here," were Elway's exact words. "If he gets hurt here, he’s covered. If he gets hurt somewhere else, he’s not." While it's not exactly surprising that a general manager wants all his players to report for offseason work, it is surprising that Elway wasn't more diplomatic. At least as of now, a long-term agreement isn't appearing terribly likely.
Apr 23 - 2:42 PM

The Denver Post doesn't expect franchise player Demaryius Thomas to sign a long-term agreement before Dez Bryant.

Reporter Mike Klis would be "surprised" if the sides reached a deal absent a Bryant extension to guide talks. Thomas isn't expected to sign his $12.823 million tender until the July 15 deadline, meaning he'll likely skip the Broncos' entire offseason program. At this point, he appears most likely to play out 2015 under his one-year tender.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 7 - 2:21 PM

Broncos franchise player Demaryius Thomas says he won't make waves if he doesn't get a long-term extension.

He does plan to skip Denver's offseason conditioning program, instead working out on his own. "I’m still going to put my best game up, not going to do anything to hurt the team," Thomas said. "As a player you want to get a deal, but if it doesn’t happen you just got to deal with it. You just go out and play." The sides have until July 15 to hammer out a long-term agreement.
Mar 30 - 3:15 PM

Broncos franchise player Demaryius Thomas is not expected to sign his one-year, $12.823 million tag until July 15.

This assumes no long-term agreement is reached before then, of course. Refusing to sign the tender and staying away from offseason workouts are pretty much the only ways franchise-tagged players can create leverage. The Denver Post's Mike Klis tweeted Monday that he'd "guess" the sides ultimately reach a deal paying Demaryius $14 million annually with $30 million guaranteed.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 3 - 2:23 PM

Broncos assigned the franchise tag to WR Demaryius Thomas.

It's a one-year, $12.823 million tender. The tag was expected for Thomas, who led the Broncos with 111 receptions last season. The sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement. Dez Bryant, Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul have also been franchised.
Mar 2 - 2:04 PM

The Denver Post reports the Broncos will apply the franchise tag to free agent Demaryius Thomas on Monday.

Both Dez Bryant and Demaryius can expect tags on Monday. Beat writer Mike Klis guesses Thomas won't sign the one-year franchise tender until after the Broncos' offseason program is completed, allowing him to skip the activities without penalty. The wide receiver tag is expected to be worth $12.797 million. The Broncos offered Demaryius a deal worth $13 million annually last summer, but Thomas was "seeking something north of $15 million per." He proceeded to set the Broncos' franchise record for receiving yards (1,619).
Source: Denver Post
Mar 1 - 7:32 PM

With Tuesday's deadline for the franchise tag approaching, the Broncos and free agent Demaryius Thomas are no closer to signing a long-term deal.

Thomas fully expects to receive the franchise tag, which would pay him around $13 million. There's no way Demaryius is leaving Denver after the season he had in 2014 (111 catches, franchise record 1,619 yards). However, his large cap hit could force Peyton Manning to restructure his deal.
Feb 27 - 11:09 AM

The Broncos will use the franchise tag on free agent Demaryius Thomas if they cannot come to a long-term agreement.

Teams have until March 2 to apply the tag. That leaves 10 days to work out a long-term contract. It's extremely unlikely to happen, leaving the tag as Thomas' most likely fate. The sides would then have until mid-July to hammer out a multi-year deal. The tag for receivers costs roughly $12.7 million.
Feb 19 - 3:11 PM

The 2015 franchise tag for wide receivers is expected to cost around $12.7 million.

Teams can begin applying tags on February 16. The Denver Post confirms retaining free agent Demaryius Thomas is "by far" the Broncos' "top in-house priority," and the franchise tag will be in play if the sides can't strike a long-term agreement shortly. Extension talks between the Broncos and Demaryius broke off last July. Regardless, he won't be hitting free agency.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 8 - 11:01 AM

Demaryius Thomas secured 5-of-12 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' Divisional Round loss to the Colts.

Thomas got the best of Colts S LaRon Landry on a one-yard touchdown catch to cap Denver's opening drive. Demaryius had two costly drops on second-quarter bubble screens that might have gone for big gains, however, and went to halftime with just the one catch on seven first-half targets. Thomas saved his stat line with a number of garbage-time catches as Peyton Manning attempted to bolster his career playoff stats with the game already in the books. Demaryius is an impending free agent. We would be shocked if GM John Elway let him get away, using the franchise tag if forced to.
Jan 11 - 8:33 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught eight passes for 115 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Raiders.

Thomas posted his 10th 100-yard game of the season, but he also dropped an easy touchdown on a back-shoulder throw and couldn't get his feet down in bounds on another chunk play. No matter. Thomas was dominant once again this season, finishing with a career-high 111 catches for a career-high 1,619 yards and 11 TDs while playing in all 16 games for the third straight year. Since Peyton Manning came to Denver in 2012, DT is averaging 99.0 catches for 1494.3 yards and 11.6 scores per season. He'll rest some nicks on his fingers during the bye week.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 09:14:00 PM

Demaryius Thomas (ankle, hip) is practicing in full for Week 17.

Thomas will be good to go for his usual role against the Raiders. The only concern for players in DFS leagues is if the Broncos get up too big, too early, sending Thomas to the bench before the game is through.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 06:24:00 PM

Demaryius Thomas caught seven passes for 115 yards in the Broncos' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

He was targeted a game-high 13 times. Thomas could have had a much bigger night, as he had a 50-yard catch called back on a holding penalty and then had another 30-yard gain brought back on offensive pass interference. Thomas was winning his matchups, but lost out near the end zone to Emmanuel Sanders, who caught two short touchdowns. The Broncos play the Raiders in Week 17.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 12:23:00 AM

Demaryius Thomas (ankle) is practicing in full for Week 16.

Thomas avoided setbacks with his ankle in Week 15, and is locked and loaded as a WR1 for the fantasy finals.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 04:16:00 PM