Peyton Manning will have to do without his top target this offseason unless the Denver Broncos reach an agreement with Demaryius Thomas on a long-term contract.
Having won nine of 48 games in three years, the Jacksonville Jaguars were no easy sell in free agency.
With Julius Thomas about to hit pay dirt elsewhere, the Denver Broncos needed a better blocker and cheaper option, and coach Gary Kubiak knew just the guy.
Jacksonville’s top free agent target is the first to make it official: Former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas has signed a five-year contract worth $46 million with the Jaguars.
The Denver Broncos moved on from Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas by signing Virgil Green and Owen Daniels to three-year deals Tuesday.
With fewer holes and shallower pockets this time around, John Elway watched big names leaving Denver for a change -Julius Thomas to Jacksonville, Orlando Franklin to San Diego – in the frenzied opening hours of free agency Tuesday.
The Denver Broncos have placed their franchise tag on star receiver Demaryius Thomas, guaranteeing him roughly $12.8 million next season and buying them more time to work out a long-term deal.
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak on Wednesday debunked any notion that he’d push Peyton Manning into running the rollout-heavy offense the coach is most comfortable with.
Julius Thomas will either get a long-term contract soon or play next season under the Broncos’ franchise tag.
As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he’s weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.