The Facts: Thomas wants Calvin Johnson money, which is $16 million per season and $48 million guaranteed. There's no way, in my opinion, the Broncos reach that number.
Diehards Line:So wrote Post staffer Troy Renck, who added: "Fair or not, both numbers are viewed as outliers for the wide receiver position. ..." Renck went on to note that Thomas deserves more than Mike Wallace, the second-highest paid receiver at $12 million per season. But this is not about annual value. It's about the guaranteed money. When you look at what Atlanta's Julio Jones and Cincinnati's A.J.Green will make over the next three years -- taking into account this year's salary and, for argument's sake, the franchise tag for two seasons, in 2016 and 2017 -- it comes in around $40 million. It would be hard for Thomas to take much less than that. And with Dez Bryant in a similar situatoin, there's no real motivation to move quickly. Thomas would prefer that Bryant sign, creating a platform to work off for his new deal. Thomas has limited leverage. If a long-term deal isn't completed by July 15, he can only play on the $12.82 million franchise tag. The Broncos can go year to year and franchise him next season at $15 million, leaving them with roughly $28 million guaranteed over two years. ... Stay tuned.