Englewood, CO- Demaryius Thomas walked into Denver Broncos headquarters at Dove Valley Friday morning nearly $70 million dollars richer than he was last time he set foot in the building. Thomas, making his first appearance in front of the Denver media since signing a five-year contract with the Broncos Wednesday, talked about the negotiating process, why he chose to re-sign in Denver, and his goals for the future.
Prior to Wednesday, Thomas had been set to play the 2015 season on a $12.8 million dollar franchise tag and the odds of negotiating a long-term contract with the Broncos looked dim. However, Thomas said he was motivated to make a deal happen from the start.
“I always wanted to finish a Bronco and retire a Bronco,” Thomas said, “I kind of knew we would get something done.”
Ultimately, Thomas signed a five-year, $70 million dollar contract, with $43.5 million dollars guaranteed. The deal makes him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL over the next two years—an honor the soft-spoken Thomas skated around.
“As long as I can go out there and be healthy and help my team win, I’m fine.”
Thomas’ own tranquil attitude is contradictory to the tense negotiation that’s taken place over his contract in the last few weeks. The deal was completed at the eleventh hour. In fact, it wasn’t formally completed until about twenty minutes before the two o’clock deadline Wednesday afternoon.
For his part, Thomas says he was never nervous about the situation. “Just talking to my agent, he and [General Manager] John Elway were going back and forth. I kind of knew the week before that I felt like I was going to get a deal done,” Thomas said.
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Thomas says he’s exactly where he wants to be. “I still remember from draft day, I had no idea that I was going to be a Bronco. From that day on, I said I was going to be the best that I could be to help this team win a Super Bowl…We still have some work to do, and I look forward to working and getting a Super Bowl before I’m done.”
Thomas never envisioned himself playing for another team. He values his place with his team and within the Denver community.
” They took a chance on me when I was coming out,” he said. “The fans, they love me. Everybody around here loves me. The organization is the best. It’s the only one I’ve been in. It’s kind of breathtaking because I never thought I’d be in the situation I am now coming from where I came [from].”
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Thomas missed the entirety of the Broncos offseason training program, which included learning and installing the new offensive scheme of Gary Kubiak. Although he missed OTAs, he’s had a playbook all along, and has kept in shape.
“My main thing is I’ve just been training,” he said. “I had a couple things I was able to watch with guys. Basically [I’ve] been trying to stay in the best shape I can. It’s a lot different from football shape, but I think with it coming right from the playbook, I think it will come a little bit easier because I’ll actually be working out with coached guys that have played under the offense, like [Bills WR] Deonte Thompson and [Ravens WR] Marlon [Brown] from the Ravens that were telling me about it. I look forward to it and I think I’ll catch on fast.”