Posted Mon Apr 16th by Jon Heath
The Denver Broncos and defensive tackle Marcus Thomas have not finalized their respective plans for the 2012 season, but the two sides have been talking. Per ESPN‘s Josina Anderson, the Broncos have offered Thomas a one-year deal.
Last month, Thomas took to Twitter to inform fans that he wanted to come back to Denver, going as far as to say “I’ll sign whenever they call me.” Thomas’ desire to return caused some fans to break out into a celebration dance, as the 26 year-old Thomas would provide needed depth to Denver’s defensive tackle position.
Now that the team has made Thomas an offer however, he isn’t jumping to sign. According to Anderson, Thomas would like a long term deal while the team has offered a one-year contract. So while the two sides are open to starting up negotiations again later, they are currently in a standoff.
Thomas (6-3, 316 lbs.) recorded 43 tackles while starting in eleven games with the Broncos last season. The sixth-year veteran has reportedly received interest from two other teams.
With Ryan McBean about to become an unrestricted free agent, Ty Warren, Kevin Vickerson, Justin Bannan, Ben Garland and Mitch Unrein are the five notable defensive tackles currently on the Broncos roster. The team may draft one or more DT’s on draft day and are working on scheduling visits with Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy and Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes.
What’s your take on the situation? Should Thomas give in and sign a one-year deal or should the Broncos give him a longer commitment? H/T to IAOFM for the link to Anderon’s Tweets.