In Super Bowl XLVIII, Demaryius Thomas set the record for most receptions with 13 in the Denver Broncos’ losing effort.
Photo: Stephen Dunn
Photo: Stephen Dunn

NFL's best paid receivers could be from Tech

Coming out of Georgia Tech in 2010, there were some perceived flaws in wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’s game as it projected to the professional level.

Four years later, Thomas, 26, at 6-foot-3 and a chiseled 229 pounds, has buffed out all of his rough edges and is a fine diamond set to cash in with big lucrative contract from the Denver Broncos.

Recently, the team approached him about a five-year extension.

He’s set to make $3.27 million in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract. John Elway, the Broncos president and general manager, would like to have Thomas’ deal completed before training camp starts in order to keep him from reaching free agency.

» Read how some teammates of the Super Bowl record-setter see his future. See the complete story this weekend on MyAJC.com

With a market-value contract, Thomas appears set to at least move into another former Georgia Tech wide receiver’s neighborhood. Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson is the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL with annual average per year of $16.2 million.

Johnson is followed by Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald ($16.2 million), Seattle’s Percy Harvin ($12.8 million), Miami’s Mike Wallace ($12 million), Kansas City’s Dewayne Bowe ($112 million), Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson ($11.1 million) and Chicago’s Brandon Marshall ($10 million).

After two seasons of more than 90 catches, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns, while playing with the great Peyton Manning, Thomas is in line for a major pay increase.

» Just how much interest would Thomas draw in free agency? Read the complete story on MyAJC.com this weekend

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