Julius Thomas might be on his way out of Denver. The Denver Post painted such a picture with a story that quoted Thomas’ agent, Frank Bauer, saying that negativity surrounding Thomas in Denver may push the young talent away.
Thomas is a Stockton native who grew up a Raiders fan, and the 26-year old has been linked with the Silver and Black.
The 2013 and 2014 Pro Bowl tight end caught 43 passes for 489 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
In Denver's Week 10 win over the Raiders, Thomas caught 6 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
He did not play in the Broncos' 47-14 Week 17 win over Oakland.
The Raiders have the cash and the need for reliable offensive skill players. Thomas would certainly fit that bill.
NFL agents were told at last week's combine that the 2015 salary cap will increase to $143 million. That should give general manager Reggie McKenzie a tremendous amount of cap space to work with, and he's going to have to spend most of that money.
According to reports, the Raiders are significantly under the cash floor, which mandates teams spend 89 percent of the cap's cash during a four-year period that ends in 2016.
Thomas just completed his four-year, $1.68 million rookie contract and is set for a substantial salary increase.