Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas combined for 26 touchdown catches in 2014. (AP Photo/G. Newman Lowrance)
The Denver Broncos have opened contract talks with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas in hopes of getting both signed before the beginning of training camp, reports Mike Klis of the Denver Post.
Demaryius Thomas is set to make $3,275,000 in base salary in 2014, the final year of his rookie deal. Julius Thomas, who had a breakout year catching 65 passes for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns, will receive $645,000 in base salary.
"We've already talked to them to see if we can do something before the beginning of the year," said Broncos general manager John Elway. "We'd like to get something done before the beginning of camp. We don't want to do anything once training camp starts. They're both in their last years, and we'd like for them to stay and be Broncos for a long time."
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Broncos had a productive offseason in free agency, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, signing defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward. The team also signed wideout Emmanuel Sanders to help offset the loss of Eric Decker, who signed a five-year, $36.25 million deal with the New York Jets.
"When we look at what we did offensively, there wasn't a huge need as much as we thought we had needs on the defensive side," Elway said. "When we go into training camp, my job is to look at the piece of paper and say we're better than we were the year before. And I think we've done that."BURKE & FARRAR: Cover-Two: Second-year AFC West player poised to break out and more