The Demaryius Thomas era in the Mile High City could be coming to an end soon.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Denver Broncos are "listening to offers for star wide receiver," as the Oct. 30 trade deadline nears. The Broncos have "not rebuffed" teams who've contacted them about a trade for Thomas.
The five-time Pro Bowler signed a five-year contract worth $70 million in the 2015 offseason. Per Spotrac.com, Thomas carries a cap hit of approx. $12.033 million this season, and $17.533 million for 2019.
Given his age (31 in December), and the amount of money left on the deal, the Broncos may not be looking at a great return for Thomas, perhaps a mid-round selection at best. Thomas would be an excellent addition to a team in need of dynamic playmaker; one who's emerged as one of the game's elite red zone targets.
Thomas has 33 receptions for 372 yards and three touchdowns this season. Following five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2012-16, Thomas caught 83 passes for 949 yards and five touchdowns.
But his production has regressed aplenty this season, though a lot of that can be attributed to the struggles of quarterback Case Keenum. In the right offense, Thomas could re-emerge as a No. 1 receiver.
Schefter also noted that teams have asked about speedster Emmanuel Sanders, but the Broncos don't appear keen on dealing him. Nonetheless, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Thomas is playing out his final days with the Broncos. It only makes sense for the 3-4 club to move on from Thomas as they prepare for an inevitable rebuild.
Thomas was instrumental in helping Denver win five consecutive AFC West divisions and Super Bowl 50. But the Broncos are headed for a third straight non-playoff year, and it's simply time for the team to start making changes all over. And that could all start with trading Thomas.