The Denver Broncos were already facing a battle to stop Julius Thomas from hitting free agency and that job has just gotten even harder.
We've already reported that the Oakland Raiders were going to make a big run at bringing in the young tight end, but it seems the Silver and Black will have some competition in the form of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to a report from the Denver Post, the Jaguars have a whole lot of cap money at their disposal and Thomas is one of the names at the top of their list.
JT to the Jags?
"Julius Thomas is an unusual case," Mike Klis of The Post wrote. "The Broncos tried last summer to re-sign the talented tight end to a five-year, $40 million contract extension that would have started in 2015. But he wasn't comfortable with how the guaranteed money was structured and has decided to test the market."
Thomas was offered a deal that apparently didn't have as much guaranteed money as he wanted and the Broncos said they wouldn't negotiate the contract during pre-season, which apparently ticked Thomas off.
It was only later in the piece however that Klis wrote of Jacksonville's strong interest in the fearsome red zone target.
"Probably gone. Jacksonville will be among the most aggressive pursuers."
Cecil Lammey, who works as an NFL Insider for ESPN focusing on the Broncos, tweeted about what he had heard at the Combine in Indianapolis, which corroborated with Klis' comments.
Broncos Fans Not Bothered
Despite potentially losing a player who tied for the most touchdown receptions last season by a tight end, it seems like a lot of Broncos fans aren't really that bothered by Thomas potentially leaving Mile High.
In fact, it seems that Broncos supporters are more upset about the potential loss of defensive tackle Terrance Knighton than the unlucky with injury Thomas. You just have to take a glance at this PFT article to see what Broncos fans think of the former basketball player.
Thomas had an injury hit season in 2014 where he finished the year with just 43 receptions for 489 yards. It will be interesting to see whether or not he can hit the heights he has previously without Peyton Manning under center to throw to him.
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