January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) runs the ball against the New England Patriots in the second half of the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Demaryius and Julius Thomas, Broncos to Talk Extensions Into Pre-Season

The Denver Broncos have been trying to hammer out contract extensions for star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas as well as tight end Julius Thomas over the Summer, but so far nothing has come of it in terms of pen being put to paper.

Per Lindsay Jones of USA Today, John Elway doesn’t plan on extending contract talks much more than another month.

“Nothing is going to get done before camp, but we’ll keep talking to them in camp…I’m never going to go into the season, but the first couple of weeks, we can continue to talk about it. After the second week of the preseason, we’ll want to have had something done, one way or another,” Elway said.

So, what we can decipher from that statement by Elway is this.

1. There will be no new contract for Demaryius or Julius Thomas in the next seven days.

2. A contract could be signed up to but probably no later than August 17th.

But wait, there’s more…

Elway didn’t exactly call out Julius Thomas or anything. In fact, quite the opposite. But he also didn’t put him on any sort of level with Jimmy Graham, who is still seeing dollar signs in his sleep after signing the richest deal for a tight end in NFL history. That much was clear.

“Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he’s only (played) 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but he’s not at that level,” Elway said.

What we can decipher from this statement:

1. Julius Thomas is good, but nowhere near the level of Jimmy Graham — yet.

2. The Broncos are not going to pay Thomas as much as Graham.

John Elway is laying down the gauntlet. He’s set a mid-August deadline for Demaryius Thomas to sign what will likely be one of the top five biggest contracts for a wide receiver in the NFL. He’s also said that Julius Thomas is a big part of the team’s future plans, but he had better not get ahead of himself and think he’s getting Jimmy Graham money.

Elway typically gets what he wants. I think, and this is with some confidence, that the Broncos will get an extension done with Demaryius before the season but I also think they’ll wait it out with Julius.

Let us know your thoughts!

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  • Erick Trickel

    The #3 after Julius Thomas isn’t even close to accurate. If they wernt seriously considering re-signing him, they wouldn’t have an offer out there and wouldn’t be negotiating with his camp.

    • http://www.predominantlyorange.com/ SayreBedinger

      John Elway’s tone indicates otherwise. We’ll see how serious they are as it progresses but I am not saying they aren’t serious about re-signing him in general. Thomas has made public he’s keeping an eye on the Jimmy Graham situation (or what became of it) indicating his position in the matter. The Broncos don’t want to overpay for one breakout year but they also want him there long term. So they might be feeling him out in negotiations to see where he is at without ultimately offering him a new deal, which I haven’t heard if they have done or not.

      I don’t think it’s that ridiculous of a thought.

      • Erick Trickel

        If they weren’t serious, there would be no offer on the
        table. It is mentioned in that article you linked that there is an offer on the
        table for Julius, “The Denver Broncos have made contract offers to star
        wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas and will continue
        negotiating with both players after training camp opens July 24, Broncos
        general manager John Elway said Wednesday.” Thats the first paragraph,
        offers to Demaryius and Julius Thomas. Then she mentions it again, “Elway
        said the Broncos have not received a response from Thomas’ representatives
        following the Broncos’ offer, believing that Thomas’ camp wanted to see how New
        Orleans’ Jimmy Graham’s grievance against the NFL and subsequent contract
        negotiations played out.” Then you have Jones tweet mentioning both
        Demaryius and Julius Thomas have offers on the table.

        There should be no question about how serious Elway is about
        getting both deals done sooner rather than later. Getting it done now with
        Julius Thomas is a cheaper contract than if they wait and he has another great
        year. If either side doesn’t want to get it done, its Julius’ side. Nothing in
        what Elway said hints otherwise. He pointed out Julius Thomas isn’t on Jimmy
        Grahams level. Which he isn’t yet.

        Bottom line is, if they weren’t serious there would be no
        offer. If they never made an offer, then that would back what you think with
        the negotiating to feel him out. But the fact an offer is on the table hurts
        that thinking completely.

        If no deal gets done its because they couldn’t
        come to an agreement, not because the Broncos aren’t serious about it.

        • http://www.predominantlyorange.com/ SayreBedinger

          I missed that portion of it the first time I read Jones’ article. My mistake!

  • Jack

    in the jones article you linked she says that julius thomas has an offer from the broncos