Julius Thomas is indeed coming to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Jags will still have plenty of money left over to sign other players.
Per Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars will be giving Julius Thomas $9.2 million per year over five years with $24 million guaranteed. That’s quality money for a big receiving threat that the Jags hope will help Blake Bortles grow in his second year.
The Jaguars have $66 million in cap space to play around with, so bringing in Thomas on a larger contract is a no-brainer as the team can literally throw money at any position this offseason. GM Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley have managed to make the Jacksonville Jaguars a more desirable location to free agents this offseason and bringing in Thomas was a great indication that their hard work is paying off.
Thomas is leaving the Denver Broncos, where he put together two incredibly nice seasons in 2013 and 2014, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2013 and extensive playoff experience.
The Jaguars managed to land one of the biggest free agents available and seem to be paying him like the top-receiving threat he promises to be upon his arrival. He’s joining other pass catchers with far less experience (Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, and Allen Hurns) and will look to become the dependable route runner and receiver for Blake Bortles during his time in Jacksonville.
Hopefully the deal with the Jags ends up being mutually beneficial, with Thomas looking to improve on numbers he set with Peyton Manning, a future hall of fame quarterback. If that relationship was synergistic in any way, Thomas could help Bortles develop.
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