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Will Demaryius Thomas get his Contract Extension Done Before the NFL Season?

Former Georgia Tech star turned Denver Broncos’ All-Pro wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has become one of the most productive wide receivers in the NFL. That production needs to be properly compensated and Thomas has been in talks with  John Elway to get that situation fixed through a lucrative contract extension.

The negotiations have been going on all summer with John Elway putting proposals on the table, but Thomas has yet to sign on the dotted line for his contract extension. John Elway has made it perfectly clear that he would not want to go into the 2014 season with contract discussions not being resolved. In a USA Today article by Lindsay S. Jones,  Elway made clear on what he hoped the timetable would be to get something done:

“I’m never going to go into the season, but the first couple of weeks, we can continue to talk about it. After the second week of the preseason, we’ll want to have had something done, one way or another.”

-John Elway

Thomas had a spectacular season last year catching 92 passes for 1,430 yards with a career high 14 touchdowns. This is the second straight season that Thomas has grabbed 1,400 yards worth of receptions and tallied 10 or more touchdowns. With the Broncos no longer having wide receiver Eric Decker opposite Demaryius Thomas, Thomas’ value to the receiving core has risen.

John Elway has offered Thomas a five-year contract extension and rumor has it that the deal should put him in the $20 to $27 million guaranteed contract dollar range. That is about the range where wide receivers Mike Wallace of the Miami Dolphins and Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans guaranteed dollars reside.

Thomas right now is not thinking about contract negotiations because of the passing of his grandmother, and our condolences definitely go out to him for his loss. The Broncos have excused Thomas from practice so he may attend the funeral in Georgia and he is not expected to return to camp until Monday July 28th.When he returns he will get refocused and take on the task of getting in to regular season form for the Denver Broncos so they can make another run at the Lombardi Trophy.

You can be sure that a deal is going to get done before the regular season starts. It would be foolish for Thomas to go into the regular season on a rookie scale salary with the type of production that is projected for him. He is an integral part of the Broncos offense and he should be compensated as such. John Elway obviously knows that and he is working to get that deal done.

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