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Julius Thomas | Tight End

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Portland State
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A source tells ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure that free agent TE Julius Thomas is unlikely to end up in Atlanta.
The Falcons are in need of both pass-catchers and tight end help. But breaking the bank on Thomas wouldn't make a lot of sense considering how many holes there are all over this roster. GM Thomas Dimitroff should be able to see through Julius' Peyton Manning-inflated numbers and settle on a more affordable tight end option like Jordan Cameron or Charles Clay. Mar 2 - 10:15 AM

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The Jaguars are expected to be among free agent Julius Thomas' most aggressive suitors.

The Broncos have resigned themselves to losing Thomas and riding with blocker Virgil Green in Gary Kubiak's run-based offense. Now the question is who will overpay for Thomas, a uniquely talented pass-catcher but one with a limited skill-set and inflated numbers courtesy of Peyton Manning. The Jaguars make sense as a team armed with the most cap space in the NFL and a need for weaponry as they try to develop Blake Bortles. Julius is going to try to squeeze Jimmy Graham (or more) kind of money out of the market in March, with the Falcons and Browns also possibly making bids.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 24 - 8:42 AM

The agent for free agent TE Julius Thomas said the Broncos and Thomas tried to work out a deal last summer, but it "didn't work."

"The main thing was the structure," agent Frank Bauer said. "The guarantees were too low. The guarantees were conditional." No new discussions are scheduled, and it appears to everyone involved Julius has played his last snap in Denver. Thomas will be looking for at least $8 million a year on the open market.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 21 - 8:59 AM

According to the player rep for free agent Julius Thomas, Thomas' late-season ankle injury was later diagnosed as torn ligaments.

It wasn't just a high ankle sprain that cost Thomas time and robbed him of his late-season explosion. When Julius' father felt his son's toughness was being questioned, Greg Thomas allegedly used Twitter to lash out at the Broncos, Peyton Manning, GM John Elway, and the team's contract proposals. Per the Denver Post, the sides "seem to be headed their separate ways."
Source: Denver Post
Feb 20 - 4:05 PM

D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution expects the Falcons to target Julius Thomas in free agency.

After watching Levine Toilolo stumble through a dismal 2014 campaign, it's clear Atlanta will have to address tight end in free agency. Thomas is the best tight end on the market, but he won't come cheap. Last offseason, he turned down an offer from Denver that would have paid him $8 million annually. Thomas is a prime candidate to get overpaid in March thanks to his Peyton-inflated numbers.
Feb 19 - 12:33 PM

The Broncos are not scheduled to speak with the player rep for free agent Julius Thomas at the NFL Combine, and the Denver Post reports "it is not promising" for Thomas' chances of re-signing.

Per the Post, Thomas "apparently wants to test free agency," which opens on March 10. The Broncos offered a deal that would've paid Julius $8 million annually last July, but he turned it down and experienced a recurrence of his early-career ankle problems late in the season. Longtime Gary Kubiak tight end Owen Daniels could be a cheap replacement for Thomas. The Broncos are also expected to re-sign free agent blocking TE Virgil Green.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 18 - 8:39 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak stated at the NFL Combine that the Broncos will do "everything we can" to retain free agents Julius and Demaryius Thomas.

This is the first open indication of the offseason that the Broncos want Julius back. Demaryius is a virtual lock to stay in Denver. Keeping Julius will be trickier, especially if the Broncos are forced to tag Demaryius. Our guess is that Demaryius stays and Julius goes, but it's not out of the question that the Broncos keep both. They'll just have to get creative.
Feb 18 - 11:53 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer thinks the Browns could target free agent Julius Thomas.

It's a mere guess by writer Tom Reed, who isn't a Browns beat reporter, but is worth noting nonetheless. Jordan Cameron is a goner from Cleveland, and the Browns have a ton of cap room and a desperate need at tight end. If Thomas escapes Denver, we expect him to chase the money. The Browns wouldn't be the ideal spot, though one could make the case he'd be the de facto No. 1 receiver.
Feb 16 - 6:36 PM

The Florida Times Union believes free agent Julius Thomas would be a "perfect fit" for the Jaguars.

The Jags have a ton of cap space and a need for a mismatch-creating "move" tight end. Thomas would help Blake Bortles -- particularly in the red zone -- but his fantasy stock would plummet in Jacksonville. Dynasty owners of Orange Julius should be hoping Denver locks up Demaryius Thomas long term and slaps Julius with the franchise tag, though that seems unlikely.
Feb 15 - 1:30 PM

According to ESPN's Jeff Legwold, free agent Julius Thomas has made it clear to the Broncos he wants to be among the highest-paid tight ends in the league.

When healthy, Thomas has shown he can be a dominant mismatch creator -- especially in the red zone. But he's been injured in three of his four NFL seasons, often hampered by cumbersome ankle issues. And with the Broncos shifting to more of a run-based attack under Gary Kubiak, it would be a surprise if they ponied up the cash to re-sign Thomas. So look for Thomas to hit the open market in March and get overpaid as a player that benefited greatly from Peyton Manning's presence. Julius will be asking for something just below the four-year, $40M deal Jimmy Graham got in July.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 9:11 AM

Julius Thomas secured 6-of-7 targets for 53 yards in the Broncos' Divisional Round loss to Indianapolis.

The first big play of the game was a lobbed 32-yard bomb from Peyton Manning to Orange Julius. Otherwise, Thomas' receptions mostly occurred close to the line of scrimmage, and he has never been a big threat after the catch. Turning 27 this offseason and entering free agency, Thomas is a candidate to be overpaid on the open market. He has great ball skills, but is only an above-average athlete and offers nothing in the run game. In Sunday's loss to the Colts, the Broncos used Virgil Green as their early-down tight end and Thomas mostly in obvious passing situations. He averaged 4.2 yards per catch aside from the 32-yarder.
Jan 11 - 8:24 PM

Julius Thomas (ankle) is listed as probable for the Divisional Round.

He was a full participant in practice each day this week. A recent Denver Post story suggested Thomas' ankle still isn't 100 percent, but his practice workloads indicate a more positive tale. Julius' DFS price tag has dropped dramatically in recent weeks. He's a tempting play this week against a Colts defense Thomas shredded for a 7-104-3 receiving line on eight targets in Week 1.
Jan 9 - 3:05 PM

The Denver Post suggests Julius Thomas' ankle still may not be 100 percent.

Thomas sprained his left ankle way back in Week 11. He returned for Weeks 15-17, but played just 50.4 percent of the snaps and recorded a meager three catches for 63 scoreless yards. So even though Julius is practicing in full this week, Denver Post columnist Mark Kiszla is "not certain Thomas will be 100 percent healthy until given the offseason to heal." The Broncos have also turned to more of a ball control/run-based offense of late, leading to a sharp uptick in blocking TE Virgil Green's snap count. It's impossible to know if the plan for Thomas will change in Sunday's game against Indy.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 8 - 9:25 AM

Julius Thomas (ankle) is practicing in full this week.

Thomas has been playing through his ankle injury since Week 15, but managed just three catches for 63 yards over the final three games. With the Broncos coming off a first-round bye, he should be closer to full health. An impending free agent, Thomas could benefit from a big postseason.
Jan 7 - 4:48 PM

Julius Thomas admits he hasn't been himself since returning from his ankle injury.

Thomas was active for Weeks 15-17, but caught just three passes for 63 scoreless yards. "I definitely needed this bye," Thomas said of Broncos' week off. "It’ll just give me an opportunity to focus on rehab. When you’re practicing and playing, it’s kind of hard." An impending free agent, Thomas could use a big postseason. Otherwise, he'll be a player with a long injury history heading into the open market on a down note.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 02:10:00 PM