Nicki Jhabvala mentioned that while both Thomas and Sanders have come up as a potentially being on the outs in Denver, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense for the Broncos to move on from either of them if they’re trying to lure a high-priced quarterback.
Many expect the Broncos to be in the mix for quarterbacks such as Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum and possibly Tyrod Taylor should he be available. If the Broncos are going to compete with other teams, it would certainly help their cause to have quality receiver depth to pitch to free agents.
The issue for the Broncos is that they could use some cap room, especially if they’re going to sign someone like Cousins to a massive contract. Denver could consider moving on from other notable players such as CB Aqib Talib to boost their cap room in the coming weeks, so it will be interesting to see what moves they make.
Thomas, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Broncos back in 2010. He’s entering the fourth year of his five-year, $70 million contract that included $43.5 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $8.5 million and $14 million over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2017, Thomas appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos and caught 83 passes for 949 yards receiving and five touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 46 receiver out of 116 qualifying players.
Sanders, 30, is a former third-round pick of the Steelers back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract before signing on with the Broncos back in 2014.
Sanders is entering the third year of his four-year, $38.6 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $8.15 million for the 2018 season.
In 2017, Sanders appeared in 12 games and caught 47 passes for 555 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 64 receiver out of 116 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Thomas and Sanders as the news is available.