A source tells Vaughn McClure of ESPN that Broncos free agent TE Julius Thomas may not be an option for the Atlanta Falcons, despite recent talk that they could be among the interested teams in Thomas.
“I don’t see Julius in the picture there,” McClure’s source said of Thomas possibly joining the Falcons.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported last week that Thomas will have a “very active market” this offseason and added that the Jaguars, Raiders, and Falcons were teams to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.
The Raiders and Jaguars both have an incredible amount of cap space to work with this offseason, but the Falcons could be players for any free agent given that they are projected to have around $33 million to work with.
Thomas is clearly the best available tight end in this year’s free agent class and there’s no question that the Falcons could use some help at the position after Levine Toilolo finished the season as the No. 64 tight end out of 67 qualifying players last year, according to Pro Football Focus.
Thomas, 26, may have had a disappointing end to the 2014 season, but he still caught 43 passes for 489 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns over the course of 13 games. PFF has him rated as the No. 13 tight end in the league out of 67 qualifying players.
We have Thomas listed as the No. 9 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.