Broncos coach Vance Joseph says Demaryius Thomas ‘has got to move on’

Vance Joseph is done with any Demaryius Thomas beef.

The Broncos coach was asked about Thomas’ comments earlier in the week, when the receiver expressed his frustration on how his trade from Denver to the Texans went down.

“He’s got to move on. We’ve got to move on,” Joseph said, via ESPN. “He’s no longer a Bronco, and I can’t spend any time worrying about that. But as far as reading that stuff, I’m disappointed it was presented that way, I really am.”

Joseph said he was upset to read how Thomas recalled their conversations going, but added that he, team president John Elway and receivers coach Zach Azzanni still have “great respect” for Thomas.

Thomas appeared Monday on the Broncos’ radio partner, 760 AM, where he talked about how he was told he wasn’t going to be traded. He also said he was upset to losing playing time to younger Broncos receivers and that he wasn’t a team captain, which Joseph pointed out is voted on by players.

“I think it’s a little frustration on his part, but I’m disappointed in how it came out, because I don’t recall it being discussed that way. And that’s OK,” Joseph said.

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Thomas was traded to Houston just before the Oct. 30 trade deadline. His first game as a Texan was against the Broncos on Sunday in Denver, where the Broncos played a short tribute video to Thomas before the game.

“We have great respect for DT,” Joseph said. “He was a great player here, and we honored him on Sunday. We didn’t win the game; he won the game.”

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