“I’ve been pushing for the entire year now,” Decker said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “It was just another opportunity to talk to him about it. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens. I think it would be tough for Denver to let him go. So whether they franchise-tag him here in the next month or give him a long-term deal, he’s just one of those premier players in this league. If he happens to make it to free agency, I would love to sign him because playing alongside him for four years and especially the last two years made it a lot of fun and made it a lot easier. He’s just one of the great players in this league.”
While the Jets could use another receiver, recent reports have said that the Broncos are planning to use their franchise tag on Thomas to prevent him from reaching the open market.
There’s still a chance that the two sides could work out a long-term agreement before Denver needs to decide on their franchise tag, but odds are that he’ll be back with the Broncos in 2015.
Finding another receiver figures to be among the Jets’ top priorities this offseason. However, it will be interesting to see if they shop around in free agency or if they look to the draft for upgrades.
Thomas, 27, is clearly one of the best receivers in the game and has earned a sizable raise from the Broncos. He’s finishing up the final year of his rookie contract and made $3.275 million for the 2014 season.
Over the course of 16 games, Thomas has caught 111 passes for 1,619 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 receiver in the league out of 110 qualifying players.
We have Thomas listed as the No. 4 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.