Yesterday a late flurry of action saw Demaryius Thomas agree to a lucrative long-term deal that will keep him at the Denver Broncos for years to come.
A new reports today, however, has revealed a projected deal that the wide receiver turned down that would actually have extended his time at Mile High Stadium even further.
According to the Denver Post, Thomas rejected a $100 million, seven-year deal put on the table by Denver - citing one specific issue behind his decision.
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The Post's Mike Klis has revealed that Demaryius Thomas was put of the extended deal due to feeling uncomfortable with the structure of its final two years.
In the seven-year option years 2020 and 2021 would still offer him $15 million per season but would have included no guaranteed money. Clearly the elite receiver was unhappy putting himself in such a precarious position at that stage of his career.
Had he accepted the $100 million offer made on June 1st Demaryius Thomas would have become the first Denver Broncos player ever to be paid such a princely sum.
It would also have put Thomas just above his peer Dez Bryant as the stand alone second most well paid WR in the NFL - earning $14.29 on average annually. Instead, Thomas and his representatives accepted the $14 million terms over five years.
The similarities in the deals of Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant - both $70 million over five years - only served to intensify speculation that there was some form of collusion between the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys as they attempted to negotiate long-term deals for the respective players.
Add to that the fact that, over the July 4th weekend, reports claimed Bryant too had been offered a $100 million seven-year deal and it certainly looks like both franchises (and agents) at least had very similar thinking processes.
In fact, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the agents of Thomas and Bryant did work together to get matching deals. Both worki for Creative Artists Agency.
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