Another high-profile NFL player is far from reaching a long-term contract extension with his current team. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and the Denver Broncos are reportedly still in limbo about an extension.
Thomas is in a situation like other NFL wide receivers who are on the last year of their deals and seeking a contract extension before the new season begins.
Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons has said he’s willing to play out the new season without a new contract, while Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys have threatened to hold out in some regular season games if no contract is in place.
According to NFL Media’s Rand Getlin, the Bronocs and Thomas still have a “significant gap” in the extension talks.
As per the report, Denver is willing to give Thomas a $13 million-plus per-season deal, but the wide receiver is demanding more than $16 million per year. That's a similar deal to the highest paid WR in the league in Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson, who will earn $16.21 million in the next five seasons and is guaranteed about $48 million for the duration.
Thomas is set to earn $12.82 million in 2015 if his current deal is not restructured. The 27-year-old WR is looking for his first big NFL payday after earning just over $14 million in his first five seasons in the league.
Thomas, a three-time NFL Pro Bowler from 2012 to 2014, has logged in 1,400 receiving yards or more the last three seasons. He also has 35 touchdowns in this stretch and has been the top target of veteran quarterback Peyton Manning the last two years.