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Elway says it makes no sense for Demaryius Thomas to stay away

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A recent item regarding the decision of franchise-tagged Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to work out on his own in lieu of participating in offseason workouts with the team explained that Pierre-Paul risks suffering a serious injury and then losing the $14.8 million he’d make this year if the injury happens at team facilities.

Based on his comments to the media from Thursday, Broncos G.M. John Elway agrees with that logic as it relates to franchise-tagged receiver Demaryius Thomas.

“That makes no sense to me,” Elway said. “If he gets hurt here, he’s covered. If he gets hurt somewhere else, he’s not. Tell me why that makes sense that he wouldn’t be here working out with us? That’s why I don’t understand it at all. That’s part of the game, but it makes no sense for him not be here.”

Elway otherwise sees no value in Thomas opting not to work out with his teammates.

“To be dead honest, I see absolutely zero value in him being away from here -- zero value for him,” Elway said. “There is no value for him not to be here with his teammates. As far as negotiations and his new deal and what’s going on, we’d like to get something done. By him being away from here, there is zero value not only to us, but also to him. To me, it makes no sense. That actually has no effect on anything that we’re talking to about trying to get a contract done with him, because that’s what we’d ultimately like to do. For him not to be here has zero effect.”

Players believe that withholding services provides leverage toward a long-term deal, even if as to players with the franchise tag the team feels no extra compulsion to cave in April. Teams regard the real deadline as July 15, the final day for signing the franchise-tagged player to a long-term deal.