Thomas signs with Patriots

Tanya Simon
April 17, 2019

The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday, the club announced.

Thomas will reunite with a familiar face in New England.

He caught 23 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in seven games after his trade to the Texans.

According to NFL Media, the deal is for one year and worth up to $6million. He suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in December and was released by Houston in February. New England has a total of 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including six selections in the first three rounds.

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

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Thomas split the 2018 campaign between the Broncos and the Texans, with Denver trading him to Houston midway through the season.

That injury likely made Thomas a ideal low-risk, high-reward addition for the Patriots, as his rehab and uncertainty at 31 years old will nearly certainly keep the Patriots from any sort of significant financial commitment on this contract.

Thomas appeared in 15 games for the Broncos and Texans, notching 59 caught passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns.

Thomas joins Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Bruce Ellington, Maurice Harris, Braxton Berrios, Damoun Patterson and special teamer Matthew Slater on the Patriots' depth chart at receiver. Josh McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009 and most of the 2010 season, has served as the Patriots' offensive coordinator since 2012 in his second stint in Foxborough. He also established Denver's single-season record with 1,619 yards receiving in 2014. Josh Gordon, meanwhile, is still with the organization, but is suspended indefinitely.

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