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Published on 04/16/2012 at Mon Apr 16 16:15.
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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.

  • John in Castle Rock

    Sign him for chrissakes!

  • Anonymous

    If I was him I would take this as a serious slap in the face an move on. I’m sure he can secure a 3 or 4 year deal elsewhere. He’s not great but he is a solid backup/rotational player at one of the most important and toughest to play positions in the game. That’s worth more than a 1 year deal.

  • Anonymous

     Did he do anything special to warrant a long term deal?

    Isn’t Jeremy Jarmon still on the roster at DT?

  • flbronc

    if someone was going to give him a long term deal, he’d have one by now.  the plain fact is he isnt that high on peoples radar.  he can take it as a slap or not, it’s called supply and demand.  there is simply no demand for him.  has he even been brought anywhere for a visit?

  • Anonymous

    Yeah he didn’t get his ass beat on every play.

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  • Anonymous

     So the bar has been drastically lowered for DT’s in the organization then.

  • Anonymous

    We like you but we plan to upgrade the position…that is what the one year deal is about.

  • Ian Henson

    I think if Marcus Thomas had other offers, we’d be seeing Marcus Thomas on another team.