Patriots set to sign Demaryius Thomas

Patriots set to sign Demaryius Thomas

Longtime Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has signed with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, the organization confirmed on its website.

The Patriots announced the signing of the nine-year National Football League veteran Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas owned a five-year 1,000-yard receiving season streak that spanned through 2016 campaigns and also earned five consecutive Pro Bowl berths during that time.

Thomas played in Denver for the first nine years of his career from 2010-18. Thomas joined Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice as the only National Football League players with three consecutive 1,400-yard and 10-touchdown seasons from 2012 through the 2014 season. Between the two teams, Thomas finished 2018 with 59 catches for 677 yards and five touchdowns. He was a member of Denver's Super Bowl 50 championship season.

Now, there is still the draft and a possibility the team can still trade for a top receiver. It's fair to wonder what the 31-year-old has left after tearing his Achillies just four months ago.

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The move reunites Thomas with offensive coordinator and former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.

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.

With the Patriots losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement and Cordarrelle Patterson to free agency, not to mention Josh Gordon to an indefinite suspension, Thomas seems like a solid low-risk, high-reward pickup. The Patriots reportedly wanted Thomas last season, but he was traded to the Texans instead.

With 12 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, there's a good chance the Patriots aren't done adding to their wide receiver depth chart ahead of the 2019 season.

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