Patriots sign Demaryius Thomas to reported 1-year deal

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2019

Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas reportedly has a new home.

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.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Thomas' deal is for one-year, $6 million.

Last season, he started the first eight games of the year for Denver, finishing with 36 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns, before being trading to Houston, where he started in seven games and finished with 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

In adding Thomas, the Patriots pick up a player who can potentially replace the output of Chris Hogan after he signed with the Carolina Panthers.

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Thomas was one of the NFL's premier wideouts from 2012 to 2017, averaging 95.8 catches, 1,303.2 yards and 8.5 touchdowns per season during that span and earning four Pro Bowl selections. Thomas was released by Houston on February 12, 2019.

Thomas recently pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge in connection to a February auto crash, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Along with giving Tom Brady another proven, veteran target, Demayius Thomas is very familiar with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the offense he likes to run. The guilty plea led to a vehicular assault charge - a felony - stemming from the same incident being dropped. Thomas has the second-most receiving yards (9,055) and touchdown catches (60) in Broncos history, trailing Rod Smith in both categories.

Translation: After Edelman, the Patriots really don't have much at the wide receiver position for next season.

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