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    Thomas does have other options beyond football. In June, he performed at his "first gig."

    Back in April, the Denver Broncos and free agent Marcus Thomas were in a standoff over the defensive tackle’s future. Two other teams reportedly were interested in Thomas’ services and the Broncos offered him a one-year deal, which he turned down for want of a longer commitment.

    At the time, Thomas told fans he’d sign with Denver “Whenever they call me.” This was interpreted by yours truly as agent speak to get the fans on Thomas’ side while he was really arguing for more money behind closed doors.

    Eventually, the Broncos gave away Thomas’ jersey number, signed defensive tackle Justin Bannan and drafted Derek Wolfe in the second round of the draft. Thomas remains a free agent while, as of Friday evening, Bannan, Ty Warren, Kevin Vickerson and Mitch Unrein are the top four defensive tackles on Denver’s depth chart.

    As it turns out, I may have misjudged Thomas. What appeared to have been a player holding out for more money may have actually been the team simply deciding to move in a different direction. Thomas’ most recent remarks seem to reinforce such a theory.

    Thomas posted an image of himself Friday morning on Instagram, a social media network for sharing vintage-style photos, with the caption, “Will work for practice squad money,” obviously implying that he is desperate for work and would sign for a low price.

    Has Thomas’ stance he took in April changed, making him willing to play for cheap after being away from the game for several months? Or did the Broncos never really consider bringing Thomas back and weren’t interested in his services, no matter the price tag?

    Nobody outside of Dove Valley (save Marcus Thomas) knows. But we do know one thing, none of the DTs on Denver’s roster can do blackflips or false start dances like Thomas did. Regrettably for Thomas, those athletic feats are not of much importance to the Broncos.

    Thomas, 26, started in eleven games last season and recorded 43 tackles. Re-signing him for “practice squad money” would not be a questionable move by the Broncos, who do not have extravagant depth in the middle of the defensive line.

    But Thomas, who is not practice squad eligible, was obviously speaking figuratively regarding employment salary. Per CBA rules, the minimum weekly salary for practice squad players is $5,700. Or, about $91,200 a year. Thomas is entering his sixth year in the NFL and under CBA rules, the minimum salary for such a player would be $685,000 — about $593,800 more than “practice squad money.”

    If Thomas truly is willing to work for the league minimum, it is surprising that no teams, not even the Broncos, have been kicking his tires. Either he’s exaggerating big time, or all 32 teams in the NFL think they have better, cheaper options at defensive tackle. The former seems most likely.

    http://broncotalk.net/2012/08/40037/...e-squad-money/

  • #2
    I'd be willing to sign him back as depth.
    Just a diehard Broncos Fan trying to make it living in Charger/Raider country (SoCal)

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    • #3
      He could prolly play RT better than Adam Grant

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      • #4
        I like Thomas not sure why he hasn't been brought back in maybe he has a bad attitude or stigma about him.
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        • #5
          Guys who want to play football need to make sure they are on the team ... preferably by the start of TC.
          "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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          • #6
            I feel for Thomas and wish him the best of luck.
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            • #7
              Naw unrien looked just as good if not better then Thomas, i Don't think Thomas could outplay siliga at this point
              A healthy Kenneth Dixon is a top 5 NFL RB.

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              • #8
                That'd be fine with me if he got the veteran's minimum and was there for depth. Too bad he didn't accept the Broncos' offer.

                Btw... what's a blackflip?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
                  That'd be fine with me if he got the veteran's minimum and was there for depth. Too bad he didn't accept the Broncos' offer.

                  Btw... what's a blackflip?
                  Thomas was known for doing a backflip in training camp a few seasons ago. Might have even been his rookie camp.

                  Last edited by // / yardo; 08-11-2012, 03:51 PM.

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                  • #10
                    For the minimum he is worth bringing in to have more competition at the DT position which is a good thing for us if this is true we should at least sign him and see what he has cause he still is only 26 very low risk to maybe a decent return I say sign him up
                    Last edited by darklord; 08-11-2012, 05:05 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Can we ask him to play 0line?

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                      • #12
                        If Bannan doesnt get healthy soon I wouldn't be surprised if we give him a call. Especially considering Wolfe is playing the majority of his snaps at DE.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Den615 View Post
                          If Bannan doesnt get healthy soon I wouldn't be surprised if we give him a call. Especially considering Wolfe is playing the majority of his snaps at DE.
                          Good point,i never thought of that.It will be a discounted price if he joins the team.I'm all for it!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by THEdraftnik View Post
                            I feel for Thomas and wish him the best of luck.
                            Me too, he came into the NFL with allot of questions about his character and I do not recall him ever having a character issue.

                            He did his best for us and I will always remember Dymeboogie.

                            If we do not sign him I am sure someone will pick him up.

                            Stay in shape Marcus, injuries will hit some team and they will call you...that may be your last chance so be ready.
                            Let's Ride!

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                            • #15
                              Denver.. get on it..

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