Although, Renck mentions that the Broncos are known to approach players more aggressively as training camp nears.
Thomas mentioned that he hasn’t given the topic much thought in recent months, even after former Broncos WR Eric Decker signed a five-year, $36.25 million contract that included $15 million guaranteed with the Jets this offseason.
“I never think about that. I don’t even know if Decker (now with the Jets) was talking about it (last year). All we talked about was being able to play with each other again. He wanted to come back, but it just didn’t work out,” Thomas said. “You really never think about the big payday, or anything like that. We like playing together, and I like playing football.”
Thomas, 26, is clearly one of the best receivers in the game and has earned a sizable raise from the Broncos. As things stand right now, he will make $3.275 million during the final year of his rookie contract.
Renck points out that there are seven receivers currently averaging $10 million per season with of them receiving $20 million guaranteed. And yet, Renck believes Thomas is better than most of them.
This is just speculation on my part, but it doesn’t seem all that crazy to think Thomas could target a deal similar to the one signed by Mike Wallace, who received $60 million over the course of five years and $30 million guaranteed.
According to OverTheCap.com’s 2015 cap space figures, the Broncos look to be in decent shape financially, so they could easily Thomas to a competitive deal and still have room to address other players entering the final year of their contracts like WR Wes Welker and TE Julius Thomas.
Last year, Thomas caught 92 passes for 1,430 yards receiving and a career-high 14 touchdowns over the course of 16 games.