More details are coming out about the circumstances surrounding the Demaryius Thomas trade with Houston, and the details aren’t pretty.
Thomas held nothing back in an interview with Orange & Blue radio (760 AM) on Monday. The receiver criticized General Manager John Elway, head coach Vance Joseph and receivers coach Zach Azzanni.
He accused Joseph of lying to him by telling Thomas the Broncos weren’t going to trade him.
“When he said that to me, I said, ‘How is it not true? My agent [Todd France] called me today and said Elway wanted a fifth-round pick for me,'” Thomas told the radio station, via multiple reports. “So, we’re telling stories to each other now? I thought we were going to be men about this.
“. . . Listening to that from him and then another couple of coaches coming up to me saying, ‘It’s all fake; it’s all fake,’ and then it really happens, it’s like, ‘Man.’ It is what it is, though.”
Thomas said he heard through the grapevine Elway and Joseph made the Pro Bowler the scapegoat of the team’s offense, which ranks 18th in passing.
And it manages to get even uglier:
“You know what bothers me — I don’t want to stir any pot — but it bothers me [that] I had people from Denver saying like, ‘They really said they got rid of you because you were the problem on offense and they said they wanted to better the offense,’’’ Thomas said. “I’m like, ‘Really, bro?’ People just kept stirring it on.
“I heard they were saying that Vance was saying something, and Elway was saying something. I did so much for this organization and never had nothing bad to say about anybody. None of the players I played with. I just did my job and kept it as professional as I could. For you all to say that I was one of the reasons that the offense wasn’t going, and say this and that, man, that hurt.”
What does all of this mean? It means that the situation in Denver is, unsurprisingly, toxic. And that means the Broncos will have a tough time attracting top talent because of the stink lines over Dove Valley.
To be fair, it’s not like Demaryius Thomas is completely blameless here; his drops over the course of the past few seasons were simply awful, sparking fan criticism, but surely this situation could have been handled in a more adult-like fashion?