The Denver Broncos may have recruited a new coach this offseason but there remains plenty of work to be done in addressing their roster in the coming weeks. The future of Peyton Manning remains up in the air, while several core players are set to hit free agency.
Tight end Julius Thomas is one such high profile name who could have played his last game for the Denver Broncos and the 26-year-old has today admitted that he could be lured away by the prospect of playing for the team he supported growing up.
That his boyhood team happens to be AFC West divisional rivals the Oakland Raiders may upset some of the Broncos nation.
"Everything's a possibility," Thomas told a Bay Area radio station.
"The Raiders would have to want me in order for negotiations to start or maybe offer me a contract."
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While Thomas will be a man in high demand this summer the Raiders have one big advantage.
"I was a big Raiders fan," explained Thomas who's father and grandpa have held season tickets for Oakland for the past 15 seasons.
"I went to a lot of games with my dad and my grandpa. It's a family atmosphere out there for me. I think any given Sunday I was probably averaging about 20-25 family members at those games. I always enjoyed coming back to Oakland and playing and getting to see family and spent time."
With Thomas' official Twitter account also including a photo of him sharing a moment with the Raider nation the strong connection could prove critical come free agency.
One stumbling block for any team looking to bring in Thomas though is his price. He turned down $8 million from Denver 12 months ago and would likely seek a similar package this time around.
Whether the Raiders have the capability to match that offer, with the Broncos keen to retain his services, remains to be seen but it is clear that they are at least in the discussion.
Thomas has amassed 1,282 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Broncos since 2011.
What do you think NFL fans? Broncos, is he a 'must keep' for 2015? And just what a statement would it be for Oakland to grab Thomas from their bitter rivals? Let us know in the comments section below...
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