John Elway, as a nine-time Pro Bowler and current Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and GM, has been on both sides of the NFL fence.
As such, you might expect him to have some sympathy for the actions of the current crop of players under his control at this time of year.
Not today though, with Elway coming down hard on one star who's actions over the past week have clearly left a sour taste.
Word of warning
In a media event scheduled to discuss next week's NFL Draft, the Broncos' head of front office had a few choice words for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas after the latter's decision to skip voluntary workouts.
"To be dead honest with you, I see absolutely zero value with him being away from here," said Elway. "Him being away from here, there is zero value not only to us, but to him. To me it makes no sense."
After having had the franchise tag placed on him earlier this offseason, Thomas is holding out in the hope of getting himself a new long-term deal. A common tactic amongst the NFL's elite names.
While John Elway can see what Thomas is trying to achieve though he clearly does not approve of his methods, telling reporters that the WR is actually risking losing out on money by staying away from the Denver facility (and not signing his $12.7m franchise tag deal) in favor of working out alone in Georgia.
"Him not getting hurt? If he gets hurt here, he's covered (by medical insurance)."
"If he gets hurt somewhere else, he's not. Tell me why that makes sense, that he wouldn't be here working out with us. I don't understand it all. That's part of the game, but it makes no sense for him not to be here."
Demaryius Thomas has set himself back a little by not going in early to get to grips with Gary Kubiak's offense but he has promised it won't effect his motivation for the 2015 campaign.
He is clearly hoping for an extended deal to be in place by then but, if that has not materialized before the franchise tag deadline of July 15, he has already gone on record to say he will go ahead and focus his attention on helping Denver with the Super Bowl.
Having Thomas on the field will give the Broncos a better chance of reaching that goal. Having Thomas on the field and happy with his contract situation will boost it even further.
What do you think Broncos fans? Is it right for Thomas to stay away from the team considering the changes a new coach brings? Let us know in the comments section below...
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