The Denver Broncos would still like to sign their top wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to a contract extension. It appears that they might get a sense of the market for just such a deal in the coming days thanks to Dez Bryant and his negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys.
Bryant and Thomas find themselves linked in a number of ways. They were both drafted in the 2010 draft, with Thomas actually being selected ahead of Bryant. They both play in high-powered passing offenses, they both will be selected high in fantasy football drafts nationwide this week, and they both project to be monster producers for the foreseeable future.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos will monitor Bryant’s contract negotiations as they decide on a possible course of action with Thomas:
The Broncos opened contract talks with star receiver Demaryius Thomas before training camp. As Denver plays its final preseason game at Dallas, his situation comes back into focus because of an opposing player. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant created a deadline in his talks this week, knowing it can spur action.
Renck asked Thomas if he believes a deal for Bryant could kick things into gear for his own extension, and the Georgia Tech product said he doesn’t think of it that way:
Bryant wants to be paid like a top-five receiver, meaning he is seeking a salary in excess of $12-million per season. Thomas has never made his contract demands public, and said Tuesday he wasn’t sure if his situation would be affected by Bryant’s talks.
“I am not worried about it. I am just focused on playing and helping this team win,” Thomas said.
With the departure of Eric Decker and the most recent concussion for Wes Welker, Thomas’s volume of work promises to go up even more this season. As it does, he should be in line for some serious production and a lucrative multi-year deal.