"But for some reason people are trying to tear him down. In my opinion what they're doing by tearing him down is pushing him away."
"The main thing was the structure," Bauer said. "In any contract in the National Football League, it all has to do with how the guarantees are written. Are there full skill/injury/cap guarantees? Or are they conditional? There are clubs that do it the old way. And they're getting their players done and keeping their own. In this case, the guarantees were too low. The guarantees were conditional."
Thomas has operated as a key cog in Denver's offense of late, piling up 24 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Losing him would strip the air attack of one of the league's premier pass-catching weapons while leaving Peyton Manning -- if he returns -- without a go-to tight end. The likes of Virgil Green, Jacob Tamme and Dominique Jones can't make up for what Thomas has brought to the table.
If he goes to market -- and he will -- look for plenty of teams to come calling on one of the league's most intriguing X factors.