Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is 145 yards away from joining elite company. He would become only the third receiver besides Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison to have 10 touchdowns and 1,450 yards in each of his first three seasons.
Thomas is going to be a free agent at the end of the season, and will certainly be in line for a monster payday. But, Thomas said that he would take a hometown discount – which means less money – to stay in Denver rather than signing with another team for more money.
“Of course, why not?” Thomas asked. “Peyton is one of the best in the game, and I’ve been blessed to have him as my quarterback. I learned so much from him. Denver, of course I gotta take my hats off to them, because they took a chance of drafting me in the first round.”
Of course, Thomas’ agent probably won’t agree with that sentiment. Denver has to figure out a way to keep Demaryius as well as Julius Thomas. A possible scenario is using the franchise tag on Julius and giving Demaryius the long-term deal.
The Broncos knew this situation was coming, which explains why they let Eric Decker walk and signed the more talented Emmanuel Sanders in the offseason. They knew Thomas would be much harder to replace than Decker, so I assume they already had a plan in place from the get go.