Demaryius Thomas reportedly will be released by Texans, could he make sense for Patriots?

Ryan Hannable
February 12, 2019 - 11:25 am

The Patriots certainly will be in the market for wide receivers in the coming months. 

As of now, besides Matthew Slater, the only receiver on the 53-man roster at the end of last season who is under contract for 2019 is Julian Edelman. There's also Braxton Berrios, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, but other than that there's no one scheduled to return.

According to multiple reports, Demaryius Thomas is expected to be released by the Texans so he will become available. He's noteworthy because the Patriots were reportedly interested in trading for him around the trade deadline this past season, but Houston gave Denver a better offer.

But, does he make sense now? Maybe not.

Thomas suffered a torn Achilles in Week 16 and there's no real timetable for his return. It is worth noting he tore his right Achilles after his rookie season and returned in six months, but obviously things are different with him being 31 years old.

This makes him less attractive to the Patriots as they are in a position to acquire players who they know they can count on, not players they are taking a chance on. The last thing they want to have happen is what occurred last summer and into the season when around 30 players came through at the position -- even more so with a new wide receivers coach coming aboard with Chad O'Shea going to Miami as its offensive coordinator.

In 15 games between the Broncos and Texans, Thomas finished with 59 catches for 677 yards and five touchdowns this past season.

Perhaps if no one bites on him and he's available for cheap he would be worth it, but right now Thomas doesn't seem worth it for New England.

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