Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Patriots Sign Former Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas

Patriots Sign Former Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas

The Patriots have signed wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and re-signed defensive back Jonathan Jones, the team announced Tuesday evening.

That familiarity should allow for Thomas to be effective after he gets a few games under his belt in New England.

The contract is for one-year with a signing bonus of $150K and $1.2 million in base salary and he has the chance to earn more through incentives and bonuses, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. However, a torn Achilles derailed him for the rest of the season, and Houston released him after the campaign was over.

He finished last season with the Texans after a trade-deadline deal sent him to Houston from Denver.


That injury likely made Thomas a flawless 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. The 6-foot-3, 229-pounder originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (22nd overall) by Denver in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Georgia Tech.

A former first-round pick, Thomas spent his first eight-plus National Football League seasons with the Broncos, including a stint under former Denver head coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Thomas' thirty-six 100-yard receiving performances are tops in team history. The Patriots reportedly wanted Thomas last season, but he was traded to the Texans instead.

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.

The Montrose, Ga. native then went on to make three straight Pro Bowls, with his best season coming in 2014 when he snared 111 balls for 1,619 yards while reaching the end zone 11 times.

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