The Denver Broncos have parted ways with one of its most prolific wide receivers in franchise history, shipping Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans ahead of Tuesday's National Football League trade deadline.
Thomas was drafted by the Broncos with the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The Broncos will now look to rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton along with first-year player Tim Patrick to carry the load at wide receiver.
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Sanders has been enjoying his second-best season as a Broncos player this year; with 606 yards and three touchdowns through eight games.
He had five consecutive years of 1,000-plus yards receiving between 2012-16, and just missed that milestone last season with 949 yards.
Thomas is second on the all-time receiving yards list for the Broncos behind only Rod Smith (11,389).
For the uninitiated, that line comes straight out of the 1995 hit movie "Friday", and the reference is ideal, given that Thomas and Miller were teammates since the 2011 season and won Super Bowl 50 together in 2016. So with the numbers out of the way, let's get into what this all means for the principals involved.
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Demaryius Thomas' departure from Denver has brought sorrow to his former teammates. Fortunately, of all the guys the Texans could have been in on nearing yesterday's deadline, Thomas was probably the easiest on whom to gather intel.
Thomas had acknowledged rumours of a trade in recent weeks, guessing there was a "50-50" chance it would happen, although he wanted to remain in Denver. Culturally, Thomas is an easy fit to project, and the expectation is that he will blend right into what is an ultra cohesive locker room.
This isn't going to be a game that will see a dominate team on either said, but most likely a game where it will come down to who plays the best in the fourth quarter as the one-point difference by the odds makers states at the mid-way point of the week. Houston in that case would save $14 million. I'lm getting ahead of myself, but the future possibilities are fun! Second, and perhaps more importantly, the message the Broncos received yesterday was that, in at least some small way, their front office is cashing it in on 2018. The team also could restructure Thomas' deal in the offseason. So the gambling public is far less bullish on Denver than they were Sunday night.
With Thomas set to enter the final, most expensive season of the $70 million contract he received in 2015, the Broncos were set to pay him $17.5 million next year without a move. Seeing NFL teams, from real contenders like the Rams and Eagles to aspiring contenders like the Texans and Redskins, making deals is pretty damn cool. "We felt that we could make that move and send him to the Texans".
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