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Thomas will receive the franchise tag from the Broncos on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Thomas is projected to make nearly $13 million for the 2015 season as part of the tag. The move will likely allow tight end Julius Thomas to test the free agent market, but will keep the Broncos' top wideout under team control for another season. Thomas snagged 111 passes for 1,619 yards, both career-highs, and added 11 receiving touchdowns in 2014.

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Broncos general manager John Elway said Thursday that the team will use its franchise tag on Thomas, if the two sides are unable reach a long-term agreement before the March 2 deadline for the tag, USA Today's Lindsay Jones reports.Elway confirmed what was already known, as its nearly unthinkable that the Broncos would allow Thomas to get away. Of course, hammering out an agreement could still take some time, and Thomas may not want to participate in team activities without a multi-year contract.

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The Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on Thomas if they are unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, NFL.com reports.The Broncos are also trying to lock down tight end Julius Thomas, with the expectation that he is closer to a deal than the wideout. Demaryius Thomas has been one of the best fantasy wide receivers over the last few years, averaging 99 catches on 155.7 targets for 1,494 yards and 11.7 touchdowns per season over the last three. He also set career-highs in receptions (111), targets (184) and receiving yards (1,619) last season, giving the Broncos little reason to let him walk. If they do end up using the franchise tag, Thomas will make roughly $13 million next season.

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Thomas (ankle) caught 5-of-12 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Colts.

It wasn't one of Thomas' finer days, as an early one-yard touchdown was followed by a couple of ugly drops, and he didn't catch another pass until late in the third quarter. Part of the blame for the inefficient stat line lies with Peyton Manning, but there's no denying that Thomas struggled at the worst possible time. His rookie contract is done, and while the most recent memory of his performance isn't a good one, Thomas has done enough that it won't really matter. It would be shocking if the Broncos let him get away, as they'll either sign him to a massive multi-year contract, or else use the franchise tag to keep him from hitting free agency. In the vast majority of cases, players who get the franchise tag work out a long-term deal before the start of the season. Thus, the biggest question with Thomas is in regard to the roster around him, namely focusing on Peyton Manning. The future Hall of Famer played poorly down the stretch this season, and there's perhaps some chance he could retire. More likely than not, Manning will be back for next season, but that doesn't mean he'll play at the same level that we're all used to. While Thomas still figures to enter 2015 as one of the top fantasy options at wide receiver, it remains to be seen just how high he'll be ranked. He's coming off a season of 111 catches for 1,619 yards and 11 touchdowns, after going for 92-1,430-14 in 2013. He led the NFL in targets, and was behind only Antonio Brown for both catches and receiving yards.

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Thomas (ankle/finger) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Colts.

Thomas is out there, as expected, after practicing fully all week, and is thus on track to see plenty of targets in the Denver passing offense on Sunday.

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Thomas (ankle/finger) practiced fully Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Colts, the Broncos' official site reports.

There's little doubt that Thomas will be out there Sunday after practicing fully all week. The wideout finished up the regular season with back-to-back 115 receiving yard efforts, upping his overall total for the 2014 campaign to 1,619 yards on 111 catches.

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Thomas (ankle/finger) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

Following the Broncos' first-round playoff bye, there is nothing to suggest that Thomas' status for this Sunday's divisional round contest against the Colts is in any danger.

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Thomas suffered a finger injury during Sunday's win over the Raiders, and while X-rays came back negative, he was seen wearing a split in the locker room after the game, ESPN.com reports. Thomas, who said he suffered the injury in the second quarter, caught eight passes on 17 targets for 115 yards, setting the Broncos' single-season receiving yards record with 1,619.

Thomas also set career-highs with 111 catches and 184 targets, while scoring double-digit touchdowns for the third-straight season. The Broncos clinched a first-round playoff bye with the win Sunday, and he'll be a vital piece of the Broncos' offense if they want to get back to the Super Bowl.

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Thomas caught 7-of-14 targets for 115 yards in Monday's 37-28 loss to the Bengals.

Thomas had two long gains called back on penalties, but he also had a 46-yard reception that stood. He could have had an even bigger night, as Peyton Manning was uncharacteristically inaccurate, and Emmanuel Sanders caught both of the team's touchdowns. Thomas got consecutive looks in the end zone during the third quarter, but the first throw fell incomplete, while the second drew a pass interference penalty. With the Broncos now having plenty to play for in Week 17, Thomas will again be an elite option for a favorable matchup against the Raiders.

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Thomas (ankle) had six catches on 11 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Chargers.

An excellent bounce back game for Thomas, who finished with just two catches for 11 yards in Week 14 against the Bills. He now has eight 100-yard games this season and continues to be quarterback Peyton Manning's favorite target. Up next is a Week 16 matchup against the Bengals, when Thomas will try to reach 100 receptions in a season for the first time in his career.