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Julius Thomas | Tight End | #80

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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Julius Thomas (back) has been ruled out for Week 14 against the Vikings.

Thomas has not played since Week 11. Neal Sterling has nine targets in the last two weeks, but he is not a realistic streaming option.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 11:13:00 AM

Julius Thomas (back) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Thomas hasn't played since Week 11. Barring some a miracle, he won't be active this week. Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling have been sharing tight end responsibilities during his absence.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 02:53:00 PM

Julius Thomas (back) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Thomas hasn't played or practiced since injuring his back in Week 11. Coach Gus Bradley said there's no timetable for his return. Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling have been filling in at tight end, but neither is a fantasy option.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Julius Thomas (back) is inactive for Week 13 against the Broncos.

He was listed as doubtful. The Jags used Ben Koyack as their lead tight end in last week's loss to the Bills. Neal Sterling rotated in on passing downs.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 11:40:00 AM

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