Denver Broncos open contract negotiations with Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas

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The Denver Broncos have weapons upon weapons for Peyton Manning to work with on the offensive side of the ball. With a couple of those guys entering the last years of their respective contracts, the Denver front office would like to lock them up for the foreseeable future, into the days beyond the tenure of Manning.

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Team president John Elway confirmed on Monday that the team has opened contract extension negotiations with both wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas. Per the Denver Post:

"We’ve already talked to them to see if we can do something before the beginning of the year,” said Broncos general manager John Elway…”We’d like to get something done before the beginning of camp. We don’t want to do anything once training camp starts. They’re both in their last years and we’d like for them to stay and be Broncos for a long time.”"

The Post estimates that the extension for Demaryius would hit about $12 million annually; for Julius, that number would be about $7 million. In both cases it is hard to argue that it’s not worth it.

The two men named Thomas complement each other well, and it’s not just because they have the same last name. They give Manning a huge target on the outside and down the seam, creating nightmares for most opposing defenses (but, you know, not the Seahawks).

The Broncos made a choice this off-season when they let Eric Decker go as a free agent. Now it appears they will dedicate some of that money to locking up their big receiver and their big tight end.