Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 1/22 -- Demaryius Thomas, WR, 6-3, 224, Georgia Tech, Thomas was ranked higher on the Broncos' board than Dez Bryant. He impressed the staff with his intelligence, and he physically resembles Brandon Marshall, who was a big part of the offense last year. Thomas is also a good deep threat. - by The Sports Xchange
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08/20/15 - WR Demaryius Thomas is expected to play in Houston after sitting out last week. Thomas has been eased back into work after missing the entire offseason because of an unsigned franchise tender.
08/16/15 - WR Demaryius Thomas did not play in Seattle. After missing the offseason, head coach Gary Kubiak wanted to gradually bring the three-time wide receiver up to speed.
08/12/15 - WR Demaryius Thomas is back to full speed after being eased into full work following his offseason absence as his franchise tender remained unsigned.
07/15/15 - WR Demaryius Thomas signed a five-year deal, right before Wednesday's (July 15) deadline for franchise-tagged players.
The contract is worth $70 million and includes $43.5 million guaranteed with $35 million fully guaranteed at signing. The remaining $8.5 million will become fully guaranteed on Feb. 17, 2016.
"We are thrilled to reach a long-term contract agreement with Demaryius Thomas," John Elway, the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations and general manager, said in a statement. "He has developed into one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, and making sure he remained a Denver Bronco was a significant priority for our team.
"Demaryius is a special talent and an elite player who has also become a team leader during his five NFL seasons. We are very much looking forward to him playing a major role in the success of the Broncos well into the future."
Under the franchise tender, Thomas was set to make $12.823 million for the 2015 season.
Thomas skipped all of the team's offseason workouts while seeking a deal by Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players to negotiate a multi-year contract.
John Elway, the Broncos' executive vice president and general manager, said in recent months the team wanted to sign Thomas to a long-term deal. Head coach Gary Kubiak said he believed a deal would get done.
Thomas has three consecutive seasons with at least 92 catches, 1,430 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. In his five years with the Broncos, he has 351 receptions for 5,317 and 41 touchdowns.
03/02/15 - WR Demaryius Thomas received the franchise tag from the Broncos Monday (March 2), the deadline for using the designation. Thomas was tendered a $12.823 million contract for 2015 -- the average of the top five NFL salaries at his position. He is allowed to negotiate with other teams, but the Broncos would have the chance to match any offer sheet or receive two first-round draft picks from the signing team.
Thomas and the Broncos are expected to continue talks toward a long-term contract. If they don't sign a multi-year contract by July 15, Thomas would have to play 2015 under the $12.823 million tag.
"This is another step in our efforts to extend Demaryius' contract and ensure he remains a Denver Bronco," general manager John Elway said. "We will continue working toward a long-term agreement with Demaryius, who is a very important part of our team."
Thomas, Denver's first-round pick in 2010, has compiled 4,483 yards on 297 receptions and 35 touchdowns in three years with Peyton Manning as the Broncos' quarterback. He has not missed a game since 2011.
He has three straight seasons of more than 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns -- stats matched only by former wide receivers Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison.
The Broncos' move probably signals the end of Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas' stay in Denver, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent March 10.