Julius Thomas will test free agency

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The Denver Broncos have made their decision and it has now been reported that their star tight end Julius Thomas will now enter free agency.

Before the 2014 NFL season, the Denver Broncos hoped that they could’ve won the Super Bowl before their 2015 offseason problem happens. However, as we all know, the Broncos did not win the Super Bowl and their problem has already started. Simply put, the Broncos went all in for the Super Bowl this past season. By bringing in guys like DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib, the Broncos shelled out a ton of money. However, those deals have came back to hurt them. Because of their limited cap space, the Broncos had to make a decision this offseason whether to re-sign Demaryius Thomas or Julius Thomas. Well, they have made their decision.

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According to the Denver Post, Thomas will test free agency. That being said, the Broncos have made it clear that they favor Demaryius rather than Julius. Granted, stud wide receivers in this league do not come around more often in this league than stud tight ends and with Peyton Manning at quarterback, any tight end can make an impact.

At the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the Broncos have meetings in with four of their free agents. However, they do not have one scheduled with Thomas. He will test free agency when the market opens up on March 10. Despite Thomas leaving in free agency, it’s not like the Broncos tried bringing him back. In July, before his injury-riddled contract year, the Broncos offered him an $8 million per year deal, which would make him the third-highest paid tight end in football behind Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski.

Thomas will likely break the bank when he hits the open market, but he will also be in a free agency group with a ton of quality tight ends. Jordan Cameron, Owen Daniels, and Charles Clay are all quality tight ends who will get nice contracts this offseason.

For Thomas, however, he will have many suitors. The three-year veteran has enjoyed a ton of success in his career. Granted he has had Manning as his quarterback, but Thomas has scored 24 touchdowns in three years and the amazing thing is that he caught just one pass in his rookie season. Thomas is a matchup-nightmare and teams will be willing to overpay him to bring him into their offense.

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