Julius Thomas could still return to the Broncos, but not before taking a look around at other teams first. The tight end wants to test free agency when the market opens on March 10th, according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post.
At the combine this week, Denver has met or is meeting with the agents of several of the team’s free agent players, including Terrance Knighton, Demaryius Thomas, Orlando Franklin, and Rahim Moore. However, there’s no appointment with Frank Bauer, the agent for the tight end.
The Broncos offered J. Thomas a multi-year contract worth $8MM a year back in July — a deal that would have made him the third-highest paid tight end behind only Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski – but they were rebuffed. Now, after Thomas suffered the second serious ankle injury of his career, he’s probably wishing he said yes. If the Broncos cannot re-sign him this offseason, they could look into notable free agent tight ends like Jordan Cameron, Owen Daniels, Jermaine Gresham, and Charles Clay.