Demaryius Thomas Speaks of Contract With Denver Broncos

Friday, recently signed Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas appeared before the Denver media to discuss his new contract and share his expectations for the upcoming season, armed with an additional $43.75 million in guaranteed money.To start things off, Thomas, a sixth-year veteran out of Georgia Tech, adorned in a dapper blue suit for the occasion, thanked Broncos’ fans for their patience during his stalemate which was resolved Wednesday afternoon. He additionally thanked his agent, Todd France, and Broncos management for getting the deal done. Start here by learning more on how to Improve your NFL Odds for the Broncos this season.  When asked if he was planning to hold out if the deal were not completed, Thomas joked, saying he would play well on the franchise tag and make things really hard for Denver in negotiations.

Nevertheless, Thomas, almost with a prescience about him, said that even the week prior to him signing his new deal, he “kind of knew” a deal was going to get done, while also confirming he plans to finish his career and retire as a Denver Bronco.

In the meantime, as confirmed by Andrew Mason of DenverBroncos.com, Thomas said he had been working with Baltimore Ravens receiver Marlon Brown, who had assisted him on getting up to speed in new head coach Gary Kubiak’s offense. Kubiak, of course, had been the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator in 2014 and helped Brown in his progression.

Ultimately, Thomas wanted to make it known that he had no plans to sit out games, regardless of circumstances, as he said “I was going to play 16 games.”

Thomas, perhaps showing signs of maturity, also said his main focus is being in better shape than in 2014 as he wants to have an even better season in 2015.

That’s a strong statement, especially when one considers that in 2014 he had career bests in receptions (111), yards (1,619), and yards per game (101.2).

To further elucidate his commitment to the Broncos, Thomas said he would have shown up at training camp even without a new deal “just to learn everything” especially since he had already missed mini-camps and quarterback Peyton Manning’s off-season quarterbacks-receivers camp on the Duke campus in Durham, N.C.

He also confirmed that his ankle, which had been injured in 2014, is in good shape and suggested that he may be even a little faster while saying he plans to play at a lighter weight.

In closing, Thomas said he hopes to break the NFL single-season receiving yardage record as well, set by Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (a fellow Georgia Tech alum) in 2012 when he amassed 1,964 yards.

With all of this said, I believe Thomas has matured sufficiently and is ready to take on a greater leadership role for the Broncos. This may prove essential as with a new head coach at the helm in Gary Kubiak, early in the season, numerous things may be uncertain.

If Manning stays healthy and Thomas learns the offense swiftly, there is still plenty of talent on this team to contend for a Super Bowl championship and win it. As time goes by, we shall see how things progress for the Broncos.