New England Patriots: Why Demaryius Thomas signing isn’t so exciting

Silvia Morton
April 17, 2019

Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has found a new team, and it's one that Broncos fans will be sad to see him join.

The New England Patriots are in desperate need of some help in the passing game, and they are turning to a long-time rival to get it.

First of all, Thomas is on the tail end of his career in which his offensive numbers have declined steadily since that 2016 season in which he caught 90 passes for 1083 yards.

Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots worth up to $6 million, NFL.com reports. Additionally, he is coming off an Achilles injury that could make him unavailable come the start of the 2019 National Football League season.

Thomas is coming off a torn Achilles that ended his 2018 season and his short tenure with the Houston Texans.

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The 31-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Georgia Tech, was originally selected by the Broncos in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Thomas was released by Houston on February 12, 2019.

Head coach Bill Belichick reportedly attempted to trade for the veteran wide receiver during the 2018 season, but lost out to the Texans.

Familiar with Josh McDaniels from their time together in Denver, Thomas posted six straight seasons of at least 80 catches, 900 yards, and five touchdowns as a Bronco from 2012 through 2017, and certainly adds some experience to a New England receiving group short on much of anything outside of Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett.

Now, there is still the draft and a possibility the team can still trade for a top receiver. Josh Gordon also could factor into the equation if his indefinite suspension is lifted.

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