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Thomas is unlikely to re-sign with the Broncos before the free agency period begins March 10, The Denver Post reports.

According to The Denver Post, Broncos general manager John Elway is not scheduled to meet with Thomas' agent before March 10. The tight end thus seems likely to hit the open market, and while that wouldn't necessarily rule out a return to Denver, Thomas can probably find a better contract elsewhere. It's pretty clear that Demaryius Thomas is the Broncos' far greater priority, as would be expected.

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The Broncos continue to try to agree on a long-term contract with Thomas, as they are expected to use the franchise tag on wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, NFL.com reports.Both players are free agents and the team has no desire to see either of them walk. However, Demaryius Thomas is further away from agreeing to a deal, so it's expected the team will really push to sign Julius first. Thomas has been limited by injuries for much of the past two seasons, though he's still managed to score 24 touchdowns over that span.

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Thomas caught 6-of-7 targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Colts.

Thomas shined on the opening drive, hauling in a 32-yard reception to get Denver to the two-yard line, and then drawing a holding penalty on the next play. Demaryius Thomas got the short touchdown, and Julius didn't catch another pass until late in the third quarter, when he had receptions of four, six and four yards within a span of four plays. He then added catches of four and three yards in the fourth quarter, as the Broncos threw a slew of short passes. Once again, Thomas often gave way to Virgil Green on early downs, with Denver valuing Green's blocking over Thomas' receiving skills. Thomas is set to become a free agent, and while the Broncos have a pretty favorable cap situation for a team with so much veteran talent, there's little question that re-signing Demaryius Thomas will be the team's top priority. The late-season usage indicates that Denver probably won't want to give Julius a huge contract, though it's only fair to mention that the tight end seemed hampered by the ankle injury that sidelined him in Weeks 14 and 15. Thomas was a valuable red-zone weapon earlier in the season, with 12 touchdowns in 11 games, despite catching just 41 passes for 456 yards over that span. A move to another team might lead to more targets, but there are obviously fewer touchdowns to go around in offenses that aren't led by a top quarterback.

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Thomas (ankle) failed to record a target in Sunday's game against the Raiders.

Thomas' regular season ends with 43 catches on 62 targets for 489 yards and 12 touchdowns, the latter of which all came in the first 10 weeks of the season. He's been dealing with an ankle injury for a number of weeks, and he hasn't had more than 35 yards in his last four appearances, though the Broncos earned a first-round bye in the playoffs with Sunday's win, giving Thomas more time to get healthy for the postseason.

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Thomas (ankle) caught 2-of-6 targets for 33 yards in Monday's 37-28 loss to the Bengals.

Virgil Green got the start, and Thomas still didn't play many snaps compared to earlier this season. It was a rather unimpressive showing, with Thomas most notably having an interception wrestled away from him on a poorly thrown ball by Peyton Manning. While it may be hard to bench a tight end with 12 touchdowns for the season, Thomas has just three catches for 66 yards in two games since returning from an ankle injury. Of course, he may be in better shape for Week 17, and the Broncos will still have plenty to play for after failing to lock down a bye week.

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Thomas (ankle) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Bengals.

Though Thomas had just a 30-yard catch last weekend against San Diego, the tight end - who had been dealing with an ankle injury - could be poised for a bounce-back effort after practicing fully all week.

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Thomas (ankle) is probable for Monday's game against Cincinnati.

Thomas practiced fully all week, so his health isn't a question going into Monday. His exact role in the Denver offense remains a bit elusive -- he had just a 30-yard catch against San Diego in his return after a three-game absence -- but he could see a more prominent role if Emmanuel Sanders (questionable, illness) surprisingly sits out Monday.

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Thomas (left ankle) practiced fully Thursday, ESPN.com reports.

Thomas figures to be listed as probable for Monday's game against the Bengals, with his full practice participation Thursday presumably signaling that the tight end is getting closer to full strength after having been slowed of late by his ankle issue.

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Thomas (ankle) had one catch on two targets for 30 yards Sunday against the Chargers.

The Broncos threw the ball only 22 times Sunday versus 39 rushing attempts, which limited Thomas' ability to do much in the passing game after missing two games with an ankle injury and never getting off the sideline last weekend against the Bills. Thomas remains stuck on 12 receiving touchdowns, which is tied for the league-lead with Packers wideout Jordy Nelson, but Thomas hasn't found the end zone since Week 10 against the Raiders. He'll look to break his scoreless streak in Week 16 against the Bengals.

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Thomas (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Thomas is in uniform, as expected, and more importantly the tight end figures to be ready to factor in on the Denver offense this Sunday after being a spectator on that front in Week 14.