The Broncos will reportedly meet this week with the agents for pending free agents Demaryius Thomas, Terrance Knighton, Orlando Franklin, and Rahim Moore. However, they will not meet with the agent for Julius Thomas, according to Mike Klis.
Last summer, Denver had apparenlty offered Thomas a deal worth around $8M per year. But that was before his latest ankle injury caused him to miss three games and practically wiped out his production. Since then, there's been very little to suggest the 26-year old will return to Denver for a fifth season.
A fourth-round flier in the 2011 Draft, Thomas's first two seasons were blown up by a high ankle sprain. Once past that injury, the Portland State alum had an explosive 2013 campaign, but did miss two games with a knee problem.
Through Week 10 (nine games) in 2014, Thomas had 38 catches for a whopping 12 touchdowns. At the time, $8M/year seemed like a bargain for the matchup nightmare, and even a franchise tender looked feasible. But another ankle injury slowed him in Week 11, and the fourth-year tight end saw limited snaps the rest of the way, including the playoff loss to Indy, and collected just 11 catches and no touchdowns.
It's been speculated that Owen Daniels could follow Gary Kubiak to Denver; Daniels was part of Kubiak's first draft class in Houston, and he went with him to Baltimore last season. The 32-year old became the Ravens' top option at tight end once Dennis Pitta was lost to a hip injury.