"Nothing is going to get done before camp, but we'll keep talking to them in camp," general manager John Elway said Wednesday.
Both players are entering the final year of their rookie deals. Elway indicated he won't break off talks with either player until early August. Elway indicated that Julius Thomas won't receive an offer that matches the record deal received by Saints tight end Jimmy Graham.
"Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only (played) 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but he's not at that level," Elway said.
Thomas is coming off his second straight sensational season with 92 catches for 1,430 yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns.
"We've already talked to them to see if we can do something before the beginning of the year," said Broncos general manager John Elway. "We'd like to get something done before the beginning of camp. We don't want to do anything once training camp starts. They're both in their last years, and we'd like for them to stay and be Broncos for a long time."
Demaryius Thomas, a 2010 first-round draft pick who is coming off back-to- back seasons of Pro Bowl-caliber production, might command a contract worth $12 million a year based on the receiver's 2014 franchise tag salary.
Julius Thomas, a fourth-round draft pick in 2011 who had a breakout season in his third year of 2013, might be looking at a $7 million annual average.
Thomas is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014 season. The Broncos want to keep him, and he stands in line for a substantial raise since he will make just $3.275 million this year. Denver could place the franchise tag on him after the season, which would cost no less than $12.3 million.
The report says the Broncos have a history of making an aggressive attempt to sign core players before training camp, so a deal could be coming this summer.
"I never think about that. I don't even know if (Eric) 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."
|P2||8/17/14||@ SF||4:00 pm|
|P4||8/28/14||@ DAL||8:00 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
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|6||10/12/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ NE||4:25 pm|
|10||11/9/14||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ STL||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ SD||4:05 pm|
|16||12/22/14||@ CIN||8:30 pm|
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