According to ESPN's Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak says that he is confident that a deal between the Broncos and receiver Demaryius Thomas will be done before Training Camp.
#Broncos HC Gary Kubiak said after practice he's "confident'' a deal gets done with @DemaryiusT before training camp.— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) June 9, 2015
Kubiak says that the deal between the Broncos and Thomas is going to be worked out and that he's looking forward to having him back with the team.
"I'm very confident, yeah, I am," Kubiak said following practice. "John and I talk about it all the time, but I just try to stay focused on what we're doing right now. Going to continue to talk to, have some conversations through [wide receivers coach] Tyke [Tolbert] or somebody to Demaryius on exactly where he's at with our stuff. He's been studying our stuff, he's got all our cut-ups and that type of thing. Peyton and he are visiting consistently."
As we already know, Thomas is skipping the Broncos OTAs and minicamp practices in hopes of reaching a long-term deal with the Broncos. Thomas and the Broncos have until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement. If they cannot come to terms, he must play the 2015 season on his one-year franchise deal.
Kubiak has been keeping contact with the Pro Bowl wide receiver this offseason. He told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he texted Thomas this morning and that they have a plan in place to help Thomas catch up when he returns.
"Work is work, I know he's working, we've been in contact with him," Kubiak said. "I don't know it's ever same when you're not working here with the guys and those type of things. But it is what it is, and it's going to get worked out and he's going to be here and he's going to be a great player for this football team. I'm just looking forward to that time. I actually texted with him [Tuesday]."
Thomas is also keeping in contact with quarterback Peyton Manning. Legwold says that Thomas has been in "regular contact" with Manning and that he has watched practice video of the Broncos new offense.
Kubiak also said @DemaryiusT has been in regular contact w/Peyton Manning and Thomas has looked at practice video of new offense.— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) June 9, 2015
This is a pretty bold statement from the Broncos head coach. It will be interesting to see if Kubiak is right and knows something we all don't know(yet), or if this is some "coach talk".
I believe the two sides will come to an agreement on the days leading up to the July 15th deadline, and we will see Thomas practicing with the Broncos during Training Camp.Go Broncos!