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The Broncos placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Demaryius, allowing him to talk to other teams while he and the Broncos negotiate a long-term deal. Demaryius will cost the Broncos over $12 million in 2015, making him the third-highest paid wide receiver in the NFL this season.
Demaryius tagged; can still sign with another team
As it stands now, Demaryius Thomas will still be a Denver Broncos wide receiver in 2015. But the situation is still somewhat fluid.
It was a busy day for the AFC West, as the NFL's reigning sack-leader was tagged by the Kansas City Chiefs, also with a non-exclusive designation. Houston had 22 sacks in 2014, and unless he and the Chiefs work out a long-term deal, it will be another contract year for the Chiefs pass rusher.
DeMarco Murray will hit free agency, while the Cowboys try to come to terms with their star wide receiver.
Dude's a beast, and was beastly in 2014 despite his team's struggles.
This opens the door for Devin McCourty to sign with the Bron-- err, I mean, hit free agency.
Notables not tagged
Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos, tight end
The likelihood that Julius Thomas will return to the Broncos - already low - dropped a smidge with the news Monday. Until Demaryius was tagged, there remained an outside chance that the Broncos could get a long-term deal done with D.T., enabling them to use the tag on Julius. That didn't happen.
Devin McCourty, New England Patriots, safety
McCourty is one of the best safeties in the NFL, and with Denver's Rahim Moore set to hit free agency, John Elway could be looking to upgrade. Hell, after back-to-back offseasons prying away former Patriots Wes Welker and Aqib Talib, some people are expecting Elway to make a push for McCourty.
Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions, defensive tackle
Suh will probably command a Peyton-Manning-like contract in free agency. I don't see the Broncos going this direction.