The Denver Broncos are arguably the worst team in the NFL right now. They have lost eight-straight games, and are getting embarrassed on a near-weekly basis. And according to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, the team’s players are fully aware that wholesale changes are likely coming this offseason.
“We just can’t give up. We can’t stop playing,” Thomas told Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post following the Broncos embarrassing 35-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. “We can’t put bad film on tape for nobody, because there’s going to be a change. We don’t know what it is going to be, but it’s going to be a change.”
Thomas’ quote says a lot about the current state of the Broncos’ locker room, and it shows that everyone on the team’s roster (with the possible exception of All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller) is on notice.
Players are now in a position where they are playing for their respective careers – either in Denver or with another NFL franchise. The harsh reality of the situation is that putting out below-average film over the next four weeks could result in multiple players seeing their NFL careers come to an end.
When it comes to Thomas, the two-time All-Pro has to convince the Broncos that he is worthy of his scheduled $8.5 million base salary and $12.03 million cap hit in 2018. If he fails to do so, Denver could look to trade or release Thomas, ending his eight-year run with the franchise.