Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ex-Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas signs with the Patriots

Ex-Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas signs with the Patriots

The New England Patriots made a potentially significant addition to their receiving corps Tuesday, signing former Denver Broncos star Demaryius Thomas.

With Thomas joining the Pats, New England's receiving group now features Edelman, Dorsett, Thomas, Maurice Harris, Bruce Ellington, and Braxton Berrios.

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.

According to National Football League insider Field Yates, Thomas agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots.

Thomas pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving on March 27, and the felony charge was dismissed.

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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.

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.

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 has started all 10 postseason games he has played in and totaled 53 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns.

He'll serve as veteran insurance as the Patriots await the fate of wideout Josh Gordon, indefinitely suspended by the league for violating its substance abuse policy.

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

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