Just as the Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant appear to be closing in on a new long-term contract the Denver Broncos remain at an impasse with their own elite wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas.
With the July 15th deadline for franchise tagged players to agree to extensions looming on the horizon Broncos fans keen to see the franchise tie down the 27-year-old to a multi-year deal are growing increasingly frustrated.
A report from The Denver Post today, though, revealing Thomas' demands may gain the franchise a little sympathy and explain why there is such little progress being made.
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According to Post reporter Tyler E. Rank, Demaryius Thomas is holding out for a lucrative new contract that would pay him "Calvin Johnson money."
With Megatron having signed an eight-year $150 million deal back in 2012, paying their number 88 on that level (around $16 million per year) would be a huge commitment from Denver.
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Unfortunately for the Broncos the WR market plays into Thomas' hands. His recent form has put him far closer to Calvin Johnson's level than that of the underachieving and recently traded Mike Wallace who is currently the second best paid wide receiver in the NFL at around $12 million per season.
With 35 touchdowns and over 4,400 yards to his name in the past three years Demaryius Thomas has put himself in a position to get paid. Per Rank's report, he is seeking at least $40 million guaranteed before he puts pen to paper in Denver.
With Denver unwilling to match that there seems very little chance that the sides will reach an agreement in the next eight days.
No long-term deal in the next week would mean a disgruntled Demaryius Thomas playing the 2015 season on the $12.8 million franchise tag. Whether he signs that tag immediately post July 15th, or holds out until the end of the preseason is another question.
If he opts to make his feelings felt by remaining away from training camp then not only to the Broncos have a contract situation on their hands but they could be affected on the field.
Having to continue right up until Week One without Peyton Manning's biggest offesive weapon involved in far from ideal for Gary Kubiak and his new coaching staff.
Unless in the organization is able to tak Thomas and his team down from their Calvin Johnson-esque valuation then that is looking like a real possibility.