John Elways is steaming hot at Demaryius Thomas — causing the Broncos chief decision maker to go on an epic rant in which he struggles to make sense of Demaryius Thomas skipping teams workouts in a contract dispute.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) April 23, 2015
Unable to work out a longterm deal before or during last season, the Broncos designated Thomas their franchise player, guaranteeing him $12.82 million. Thomas has not signed the contract and has chosen not to report.
I understand both points, but ultimately — skipping OTAs is what every franchised or contract seeking player does when they believe they hold some leverage.