Demaryius Thomas on his contract: I'd love stay with the Broncos
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Demaryius Thomas on his contract: I'd love stay with the Broncos
Saturday January 31st, 2015

Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas joined SI Now on Friday to discuss his future with the Broncos and his experience as one of the most sought-after free agents in the NFL.

Thomas, 27, just finished his fifth season in the league, all with Denver. He finished his third straight 16-game season, and his 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns made Thomas, Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison the only three receivers to record three straight seasons with 1,450 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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Thomas said that he had taken a hands-off approach to negotiations with Denver, but was pleased to be in such high-demand.

"I'm basically letting my agent handle [contract negotiations]. You know, I'd love to be a Bronco, but, you know, I have no idea what they have planned for me next. So I'm just happy to be in the situation that I am now."

In five seasons, Thomas has compiled 351 receptions for 5,317 yards and 41 touchdowns. His last three years he has averaged 1,494 receiving yards and nearly 12 touchdowns, far outstripping his first two seasons in which he averaged 417 yards and three touchdowns.

Given how his numbers have improved, Thomas said it was satisfying to see so much interest in him from around the league.

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"It's great because, you know, my first couple years in the league I was injured and the past three it's just been amazing. You know, I've taken care of my body, I've been able to get out on the field and perform the way I thought I could perform and it's paid off now."

Thomas and the Broncos finished the season 12-4 and in first place in the AFC West, before losing 24-13 to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional round.

- Christopher Woody

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