Julius Thomas appears ready to part ways with the team after back-to-back Pro Bowl campaigns in Denver. NFL reporters talked to his agent, Frank Bauer, who says the talks between the Broncos and his clients have stopped since summer.
“The Broncos came to me, we tried to get it done, it didn’t work,” Bauer told The Denver Post on Friday. “Does Julius love Denver? Yes. Does Julius love the fans there? No question. Does he love the organization and the community? Look at what he does for kids in that town. But for some reason people are trying to tear him down. In my opinion what they’re doing by tearing him down is pushing him away.”
The Post was told that negotiations crumbled before the season after the Broncos offered Thomas a five-year, $40 million pact that would have made him the third-highest-paid tight end behind Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, but he did not accept it.
“The main thing was the structure,” Bauer said. “In any contract in the National Football League, it all has to do with how the guarantees are written. Are there full skill/injury/cap guarantees? Or are they conditional? There are clubs that do it the old way. And they’re getting their players done and keeping their own. In this case, the guarantees were too low. The guarantees were conditional.”
Could Thomas leave town?