DENVER (AP) _ The Denver Broncos have signed fourth-round draft
pick Marcus Thomas to a contract that will pay him three (m)
million dollars over four years.
The 296-pound defensive tackle had 14 sacks in 41 games for the
University of Florida last season and likely would have been
selected much higher than 121st in April's N-F-L draft were it not
for the trouble he got into last year.
Thomas was suspended from the national champion Gators by coach
Urban Meyer after failing two marijuana tests. He was reinstated
but then kicked off the squad permanently in early November for
violating curfew and drug rehab class provisions of a contract he
signed to remain with the team.
The Dallas Cowboys had their eyes on Thomas when the Broncos
moved up in the draft to select him, sending Minnesota their sixth-
and seventh-round selections along with a third-rounder in 2008 to
pick a player that coach Mike Shanahan agreed had first-round
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