Former Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple reports. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported the news first, and it was later confirmed by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
Klis reports Thomas will sign a multi-year deal with the Jaguars worth an average of close to $9 million per season. According to Rapoport, the Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders also made pushes to sign the tight end.
Thomas cannot sign a deal until Tuesday.
Originally a fourth-round pick of the Broncos in the 2011 NFL draft, Thomas developed into a star pass-catcher in his time with Denver, making the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons while combining for 108 catches, 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2013-14. He was limited to 13 games last season due to an ankle injury and played just nine total games over his first two seasons due to a similar injury.
In going from the Broncos to the Jaguars, Thomas leaves one of the more high-powered offenses and most successful teams in the NFL for a team rebuilding under last year's first-round pick at quarterback, Blake Bortles, and a franchise that hasn't had a winning season since 2007.
Jacksonville hasn't had a Pro Bowl tight end since 2010.
- Ben Estes