The Denver Broncos are in an odd place right now. The one-time Super Bowl threats still don’t know for sure if Peyton Manning will return in 2015 and two of their best offensive weapons – Demaryius and Julius Thomas – are scheduled to hit free agency. No one thinks for a second that the Broncos will allow Demaryius Thomas to leave, but word has broken that Julius Thomas may end up walking.
According to the Denver Post, Julius Thomas “wants to test free agency” and his reps are not scheduled to meet with anyone from Denver at the combine. That’s bad news for one of the game’s best young tight ends right before free agency hits. That shouldn’t shock anyone, however, as Denver played the same game when they let both Eric Decker and Knowshon Moreno walk a year ago. It appears Thomas may just end up being too expensive, as the athletic 26-year old should vie for a deal similar to the one Jimmy Graham got last summer.
There had been whispers from new head coach Gary Kubiak that the Broncos did intend on keeping both of the Thomas’, but now it seems that may be less likely. That could mean we have to start connecting dots as to where Thomas could wind up, and one recent report suggested the Cleveland Browns could be a viable suitor should they not bring Jordan Cameron back. Of course, Thomas is an elite athlete at a position with few elite performers, so he won’t want for suitors. The Jacksonville Jaguars have also been mentioned and numerous tight end-needy teams like the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks can’t be fully written off.