Julius Thomas Camp Now Full-Fledged Circus


The traveling circus that is Julius Thomas just traveled a few more miles.

Now Frank Bauer, the agent for the soon-to-be former Denver Broncos tight end, took to Mike Klis to publicly whine for his client. Is everyone involved in this camp a teething toddler? Can no one act like an adult if they associate with the oft-injured tight end?

Bauer told Klis that “people are pushing” his client out of Denver. He said that John Elway and the Broncos tried to get a deal done last summer. According to Klis, the Broncos contract offer was 5 years, $40 million – or $8 million a season. Bauer contests it was 6 years, $40.645 million since Denver wanted to keep Thomas at his original salary number of $645K for the 2014 season. That makes sense to limit the cap number and play out the original contract SINCE IT BENEFITS THE TEAM and he did sign that contract. But that means the salary number drops from $8 million a season to $6.77 million a season, and why Bauer turned it down.

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Oh, the humanity. How could the tight end survive on $6.77 million a season? He might have to pinch pennies at that point and make some tough decisions. Instead of eight Bentleys, he may have to go with seven.

Bauer got to the crux of the issue, saying “the guarantees were too low.” Memo to Bauer: If you want more guaranteed money in your client’s contract offer, guarantee your client can stay on the field. Have a client who wants to play football. Have a client who isn’t shouting from every angle, from each member of his party, “Show me the money.”

Have a client who doesn’t have a father who runs his mouth and tells the fans of the team you claim this said client “loves” that they’re “losers.” Bauer should know by now that anything and everything is fair game in a negotiation, and if he feels the need to do his in the public through the media, good luck. You won’t win this one, pal.

Here are some other facts for you, Bauer: Your client cannot stay healthy. In his four-year career, he has yet to play a full season. The most games he’s played are 14. Tell us again why the Broncos should add more guaranteed money when you can’t guarantee your client can stay on the field? Or that he even wants to play when he’s healthy?

Oct 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

You probably saw it, and that’s why you said “people,” but it came out that your client doesn’t love football. That he doesn’t play because he has to but because he can. That this is 100 percent a business decision, as you have just shown this is.

That he won’t give his teammates, coaches, organization or the owner who made any of this possible what is needed to win a championship. That all he cares about is his himself. That he milks injuries for all they are worth. The father claimed in his rant that your client had to get an “outside evaluation,” more than likely one he wanted to get to prove he really was injured and continue to not play but get paid.

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Your client is one-dimensional and made by the quarterback he’s played with. In fact, your client is so bad at blocking, an opponent called him out for “the dirtiest play he’s seen in football.” I would love to know what Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians thinks of your client.

Let’s recap: Bauer has a client who cannot stay healthy, doesn’t love football, is all about the money, has a father who said the fans of the team the client “loves” are “losers,” cannot stay healthy, milks injuries, is one dimensional, is called a dirty player and made by the quarterback he plays with.

Tell us again why you think your client should be one of the highest paid tight ends in the NFL? Especially when the Broncos could get one who is just as good of an athlete as your client, loves football, can stay healthy and isn’t one dimensional.

Here’s some advice for Bauer: Take your circus to Oakland. It hasn’t had a good one in a while.

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Nov 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers tight end Maxx Williams (88) runs in for a touchdown after making a catch in the second half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won 51-14. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports