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Could Patriots be interested in trading for Demaryius Thomas?

Ryan Hannable
August 24, 2018 - 5:28 pm

CHARLOTTE -- With the release of Kenny Britt this week, the Patriots' depth at receiver is pretty thin.

With this being the case, a bunch of names have been thrown out either of free agents or players who could be traded for the team to potentially take a look at. 

One of those names is Denver wide out Demaryius Thomas, as Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio believes it's possible the Broncos deal the receiver.

"Here's a name to keep an eye on," Florio told NBC Sports' Peter King. "Now there may be nothing to this whatsoever, but I've detected just a weird sense coming out of Denver as it relates to Demaryius Thomas. He's a guy that was drafted by [Patriots offensive coordinator] Josh McDaniels, he's a guy who ultimately could be available, $8.5 million [in salary this year]. We've seen  John Elway do this, where he'll squeeze a guy very, very late, maybe try to trade him, and if that all else fails, out he goes like T.J. Ward last year.

"But with the young receivers there, Courtland Sutton for example, if these guys can develop and Elway looks at it and says, '8 1/2 million, that's too much to pay,' it would not shock me if a guy like Thomas ends up joining [New England's] depth chart. [It's] late in the game, but still in time to make an impact with the Patriots."

The 30-year-old is a free agent after next season and has a base salary of $8.5 million this year, but $14 million next year.

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