Report: Thomas Extension 'Not Likely'

It sounds like the Broncos and Thomas are still nowhere close to agreeing on a new contract, which means he'll have to play out 2015 under the franchise tag.

The July 15th deadline for the Denver Broncos to come to terms on a contract extension with Demaryius Thomas is rapidly approaching. Fans have been holding their breath that in the nick of time, the two camps will come to an accord. Alas, according to Pro Football Talk, that is “not likely” to happen.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s currently “not likely” that the Broncos and Thomas will work out a new contract before the close of business on Wednesday.

This development comes as no surprise, considering that Thomas wants to be paid like Calvin Johnson ($16M/yr) and the Broncos don’t want to pay a receiver that much, no matter how prolific, with Peyton Manning still under contract.

Is this Demaryius Thomas' Last Year In Denver?? SOUND OFF IN THE FORUMS!

As awesome as Thomas has been over the last three years, Manning could likely help Cody Latimer achieve comparable numbers, sans Thomas, which makes it hard for John Elway to justify opening Pat Bowlen’s wallet to the tune of $16M per year.

With the recent news that the NFLPA is evaluating information that the Broncos and Dallas Cowboys have allegedly “colluded” on the unsettled contractual situations of Thomas and Dez Bryant, it is clear that the players’ camps are none too pleased with whatever small modicum of progress has been made in negotiations.

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Thomas will likely end up playing out 2015 under the franchise tag, which will guarantee him $12.8M. The Broncos could choose to hit him with the tag again in 2016, but it would include a 20% increase over 2015’s franchise number, which isn’t going to happen.

With Von Miller’s mega-contract on the horizon, it sounds like Elway and the Broncos are willing to let the chips fall where they may with Thomas and plan on a future post-2015 without him.

In fairness, we should report on the views of those in Denver, closest to the organization, like CBS4's Vic Lombardi, who remains optimistic.

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The July 15th deadline for the Denver Broncos to come to terms on a contract extension with Demaryius Thomas is rapidly approaching. Fans have been holding their breath that in the nick of time, the two camps will come to an accord. Alas, according to Pro Football Talk, that is “not likely” to happen.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s currently “not likely” that the Broncos and Thomas will work out a new contract before the close of business on Wednesday.

This development comes as no surprise, considering that Thomas wants to be paid like Calvin Johnson ($16M/yr) and the Broncos don’t want to pay a receiver that much, no matter how prolific, with Peyton Manning still under contract.

[MEDIA:1473123]Is this Demaryius Thomas' Last Year In Denver?? SOUND OFF IN THE FORUMS!

As awesome as Thomas has been over the last three years, Manning could likely help Cody Latimer achieve comparable numbers, sans Thomas, which makes it hard for John Elway to justify opening Pat Bowlen’s wallet to the tune of $16M per year.

With the recent news that the NFLPA is evaluating information that the Broncos and Dallas Cowboys have allegedly “colluded” on the unsettled contractual situations of Thomas and Dez Bryant, it is clear that the players’ camps are none too pleased with whatever small modicum of progress has been made in negotiations.

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Thomas will likely end up playing out 2015 under the franchise tag, which will guarantee him $12.8M. The Broncos could choose to hit him with the tag again in 2016, but it would include a 20% increase over 2015’s franchise number, which isn’t going to happen.

With Von Miller’s mega-contract on the horizon, it sounds like Elway and the Broncos are willing to let the chips fall where they may with Thomas and plan on a future post-2015 without him.

In fairness, we should report on the views of those in Denver, closest to the organization, like CBS4's Vic Lombardi, who remains optimistic.

Yes. https://t.co/hImreGvSX9

— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) July 13, 2015

Chad Jensen is the Publisher and Lead Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen and on Google+.

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