Julius Thomas: “I thought I was going to sign a long-term deal with the Broncos” – The Denver Post (blog)
Former Broncos tight end Julius Thomas signed a five-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
Julius Thomas is officially a Jacksonville Jaguar, after the Denver Broncos opted to not re-sign him — or even call him — in free agency.
The tight end signed a five-year, $46 million deal with Jacksonville on Wednesday, and shortly after, posted his “goodbye and thank you” message to Denver fans on The Players’ Tribune.
In the piece, Thomas, a contributing editor for the site, admitted that last summer he expected to remain a Bronco for the long haul, but understands now that the decision was business — not personal
First and foremost, I want to make sure that the Denver fans understand that my decision to leave has nothing to do with them. If you had asked me in June if I was going to be a free agent right now, I would have told you no. I really thought I was going to sign a long-term deal with the Broncos last summer. I was so confident that I’d be with the franchise for a long time that I purchased a home in Denver last June. I had to let it go in September because it became clear that the management didn’t want to make a long-term commitment to me.
Thomas went on to thank his former Broncos teammates who “pushed me to improve” and “the quarterback who threw me perfect pass after perfect pass.” He also acknowledged his coaches, especially tight ends coach Clancy Barone, who “always had faith in me and was really patient in helping me learn this game from the ground up.”
Thomas wrote that he’s eager for the fresh start in Jacksonville, where he’ll learn first-hand the difficulties of transitioning from a veteran squad to one that was the youngest team in the NFL last season.
Read his full post at The Players’ Tribune here.