Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas will be with the team for at least one more season after being given the franchise tag, which is worth $12.823 million.
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Thomas announced that he will not work out with Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning at Duke, and he will not participate in the team’s offseason workouts either.
The Broncos wide receiver suffered an ankle injury during a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in November, but it never forced him to sit out of a game.
He plans to use his time away from the Broncos to nurse his ankle and return to full health.
Thomas’ recovery will be crucial for the Broncos since he is their leading receiver and has been elite for the past three seasons, reaching 1,400 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches.
The forthcoming season is also likely Manning’s last campaign in the NFL, so the Broncos offense will inevitably take a step back after he retires. Thomas’ numbers will likely go down as well.