The fashion created confusion.

Which was more impressive: the T-shirt featuring Bo Jackson or the man wearing it?

"There's no one like Bo. He ran a 4.1 (40-yard)," wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said Wednesday, after the Broncos were dismissed from workouts until training camp in late July. "He was special."

Entering his fifth season, Thomas has sprinted into a similar conversation. The Broncos want to secure him to a long-term contract before training camp starts, general manager John Elway said last week. Early discussions have centered on a five-year deal.

Thomas' success the past two seasons makes this an intriguing negotiation both in annual salary and guaranteed money because, statistically, Thomas ranks among the best. The industry doesn't view him with the same reverence as the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson ($16.2 million average salary) or the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald ($16.15 million), who are the game's highest-paid receivers. It's hard to argue, however, he shouldn't make more than the Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin, the Miami Dolphins' Mike Wallace and the Kansas City Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe, all of whom are averaging more than $11 million per season.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Denver Post on Wednesday, Thomas repeated his desire to steer clear of contract talk. He will be a free agent at season's end — the Broncos could place the franchise tag on him if a deal isn't struck — and prefers not to create distractions.