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We want to keep Julius Thomas, but heís no Jimmy Graham

this is a discussion within the NFL Community Forum; Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was glad the Saints came to an agreement with tight end Jimmy Graham, perhaps because Thomas thinks having Grahamís deal in place will put him in better position to get a new contract worked out ...

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Old 07-17-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
 
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We want to keep Julius Thomas, but heís no Jimmy Graham

Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was glad the Saints came to an agreement with tight end Jimmy Graham, perhaps because Thomas thinks having Grahamís deal in place will put him in better position to get a new contract worked out with the Broncos. But Broncos boss John Elway wants to make one thing clear: Thomas wonít be getting a Jimmy Graham type contract.

ďEven though Julius had a tremendous year for us, heís only [played] 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but heís not at that level,Ē Elway told USA Today.

Elway is right: Although Thomas had a breakout year last year, catching 65 passes for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns, heís a long way from earning a contract like the deal the Saints gave Graham, which will pay $21 million over the next two seasons.

Elway plans to work on contract negotiations with both Thomas and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas during training camp, but he doesnít want to see those negotiations extend into the regular season.

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Re: We want to keep Julius Thomas, but heís no Jimmy Graham

Julius looking to break the bank.
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