Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

New England Patriots Signing Veteran WR Demaryius Thomas

New England Patriots Signing Veteran WR Demaryius Thomas

With Patriots offensive weapons exiting left and right - first, Rob Gronkowski's farewell to the game, which was followed by Chris Hogan leaving amicably for the Panthers - New England found its annual reclamation project in the longtime Bronco and former Texans wide receiver.

Thomas will reunite with a familiar face in New England.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Thomas' deal is for one-year, $6 million. His season came to an end in Week 16 as a result of a torn Achilles, so it remains to be seen how well he recovers from the devastating injury.

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

Not long after, the Texans released the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

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.

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Thomas ranks second on Denver's all-time list in every major receiving category, including receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, trailing only Rod Smith.

One passenger reportedly suffered serious injuries when Thomas' auto rolled over, just days after he was released by the Texans.

While Thomas has been a top receiver for much of his career, there are some serious questions about his health going forward.

Thomas recently pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge in connection to a February auto crash, according to the Houston Chronicle. He also established Denver's single-season record with 1,619 yards receiving in 2014.

As a third or fourth option behind Julian Edelman and whoever else the team brings in (potentially a Josh Gordon return at some point), Thomas would work in the Patriots offense once he is healthy.

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