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Julius Thomas | Tight End

Team: Miami Dolphins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 256
College: Portland State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 4 (129) / DEN
Contract: view contract details

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New Dolphins TE Julius Thomas insists he's 100 percent healthy.
Injuries have been a constant presence in Thomas' six-year career. He missed 11 combined games his two seasons in Jacksonville. He's reuniting with a coach in Adam Gase who, along with Peyton Manning, coaxed monster numbers out of Thomas in 2013-14, but it's possible injuries have taken a toll on Thomas' past explosiveness. He turns 29 in June. Mar 13 - 4:28 PM

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Julius Thomas agreed to restructure his deal with the Dolphins.

Thomas agreed to take $800,000 less over the next two years and ax a season off his deal. He is now set to play on a two-year, $12.2-million contract. Thomas was acquired from the Jaguars in exchange for a 2017 seventh-round pick.
Mar 9 - 4:42 PM

According to the Florida Times Union, Julius Thomas' poor blocking was one reason the Jaguars decided to move on.

One source called Thomas' blocking "non-existent" and said his presence was a "giveaway" to the defense that the Jaguars were passing or running to the other side of the field. Signed by the Jags to a five-year, $46 million contract, Thomas only played about 25-32 snaps a game while often battling injuries. After coaching him in Denver, Dolphins HC Adam Gase should have a better feel for Thomas' strengths and weaknesses than Gus Bradley's staff did.
Feb 26 - 8:25 AM

Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Dolphins.

It allows the Dolphins and Jaguars to announce their trade at the start of the league year on March 9. Thomas has never played a full 16-game season and battled numerous injuries last year, including a fractured tailbone, back problems, ankle issues, and an elbow injury. He appeared in just nine games. Thomas will be nothing more than a late-round flyer in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Feb 22 - 8:20 AM

The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Julius Thomas agreed to be traded to the Dolphins "because he wanted to reunite with coach Adam Gase."

Thomas agreed to restructure his contract to facilitate the deal, turning some of his base salary into performance-based incentives and greatly lowering his cap hit in the process. It makes sense for Thomas to seek out Gase, who coordinated a Broncos offense which funneled the tight end 24 touchdowns in 27 games. Miami is likely Thomas' best bet to get his career back on track.
Feb 20 - 6:25 PM

Dolphins acquired TE Julius Thomas from the Jaguars in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft.

This trade is being made independent of the Branden Albert deal after Albert and Thomas were at one point expected to be dealt in exchange for each other. Turning 29 in June, Thomas was a colossal flop during his two-year stay in Jacksonville, catching only nine touchdowns across 21 games after scoring 24 times over his previous 27 with Peyton Manning in Denver. Going to Miami reunites Thomas with ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase, whose Dolphins roster was extremely thin at tight end. While Thomas is unlikely to recapture his Denver production, he should stand a better chance of rebounding into an impact player. He'll be a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts, and a much-needed red-zone complement to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker in Miami's passing game.
Feb 20 - 5:09 PM

First Coast News reports Julius Thomas is drawing trade interest from at least one team in addition to the Dolphins.

This could be the Jags trying to drive up the price on Miami, but it's becoming increasingly clear Thomas isn't long for Jacksonville. If a trade cannot be hammered out, Thomas will likely be cut. That would create $1.7 million in cap space, but also leave behind $6.6 million in dead money.
Feb 20 - 3:04 PM

According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Julius Thomas will not be going to the Dolphins as part of the Branden Albert trade to the Jaguars.

Salguero is the one to trust on this deal, and he reports the current structure of the trade is Albert to the Jaguars for a conditional late pick in the 2018 draft. Albert is currently in Jacksonville meeting the Jaguars' higher-ups, and it's important that Albert signs off on the trade because Jacksonville won't make the move if Albert won't report to the team. If he signs off, Albert is expected to stay on his current contract and possibly even land an extension. As for Thomas, he likely will end up getting released at some point and could still wind up in Miami as a free agent.
Feb 20 - 12:23 PM

Citing league sources, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Dolphins are working to finalize a trade sending Branden Albert to the Jaguars in exchange for Julius Thomas.

The Miami Herald reported this late in the week, but the Sun-Sentinel got credit for the story on multiple media outlets today. The Sun-Sentinel hasn't (accurately) broken an NFL story in years. Either way, it's clear the Albert-for-Thomas deal has legs and at this point seems inevitable. Officially, no deal can be consummated until the start of the new league year on March 9.
Feb 19 - 5:49 PM

Updating an earlier item, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union reports that Julius Thomas is due $3 million guaranteed on the first day of the new league year.

That's not until March 9. There were reports going around this week that Thomas was due $3 million guaranteed on February 10, but O'Halloran claims that isn't the case. Thomas has been an injury-prone bust since joining the Jaguars in 2015. We're guessing he'll be cut before the March 9 deadline.
Feb 10 - 4:52 PM

According to several outlets, $3 million of Julius Thomas' $7 million base salary for 2017 becomes fully guaranteed at the end of the day on Friday.

If the Jaguars are going to move on from Thomas, then releasing him by the end of the league day on Friday would make the most sense. That typically comes around 4 PM ET. Thomas has been a massive flop in Jacksonville the past two seasons, battling injuries and not stuffing the stat sheet. The Jaguars don't necessarily need the cap space, however, and could choose to ride it out.
Feb 10 - 12:48 PM

Joel Corry of CBS Sports reports $3 million of Julius Thomas' $7 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed on February 10.

That would seem to make February 10 the deadline for the Jaguars to make a decision on Thomas' future. Signed to a "five-year, $46-million" deal before the 2015 season, Thomas has been a massive disappointment in Jacksonville, recording 76 catches for 736 yards and nine touchdowns in 21 games. It will be a surprise if the Jaguars do not cut him.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 6 - 6:55 PM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco expects Jacksonville to release Julius Thomas this offseason.

Signed to a monster five-year, $46 million deal ahead of the 2015 season, Thomas has answered with 46-455-5 and 30-281-4 receiving lines in 2015 and 2016, respectively, while missing 11 games to injuries. He scored 24 touchdowns across his final two seasons in Denver, but the Jaguars failed to use him like the Broncos did as a field-stretcher down the seams. Thomas isn't going to make defenders miss on short passes; he's a run-straight athlete in the mold of Jared Cook who could benefit playing in an offense that better plays to his strengths. Releasing Thomas would save the Jaguars $4.7 million against the cap.
Jan 17 - 9:01 PM

Julius Thomas (injured reserve) is dealing with a fractured tailbone.

That's what sent Thomas to injured reserve last week. He was limited to nine games this year and wasn't much of a factor even when he was healthy. Thomas put up a combined 24 touchdowns in his last two years in Denver but has managed just nine in his first two seasons with Jacksonville. There's a good chance the Jaguars will move on from him this offseason.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 09:16:00 AM

Jaguars placed TE Julius Thomas (back) on injured reserve.

Thomas had been sidelined since Week 11 and wasn't close to returning. He's missed 11 games over the last two years and hasn't played to his contract when healthy. Thomas has a $8.3 million 2017 cap hit. Jacksonville can save $7.1M from making him a post-June cut.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 03:19:00 PM