Demaryius Thomas trade grades: Broncos barely get better of Texans in deal

Demaryius Thomas trade grades: Broncos barely get better of Texans in deal

The Houston Texans made a big move at the National Football League trade deadline Tuesday, trading for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

As part of the deal, Denver is getting back a fourth-round pick and is swapping seventh-round picks with the Texans (the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the deal).

Schlereth's co-host, Mike Evans, however, said he thinks Thomas wouldn't demand a haul on the trade market and questioned if perhaps the Broncos should look to do more than just trade the Pro Bowl wide receiver. But his hefty salary-cap figure for 2019 ($17.533 million in what is the past year of his deal) and the emergence of rookie Courtland Sutton as a big-play threat had raised the possibility of Thomas being shipped elsewhere.

Thomas won't have to wait long to play his old team - the Texans (5-3) visit the Broncos (3-5) this weekend. Last year, Thomas notched 83 receptions for 949 yards and five scores, showcasing his ability to be a top weapon, even with Trevor Siemian as his quarterback.

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One of these apparently included wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Miller wasn't the only one in Denver who publicly lamented Thomas' trade to Houston.

Demaryius Thomas' departure from Denver has brought sorrow to his former teammates.

Thomas is signed through next season, but has a base salary of $14 million, which would have been interesting if he would have came to New England. 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. So the gambling public is far less bullish on Denver than they were Sunday night. "Sutton and Thomas are both 6'3", further proving that Sutton may be Thomas 2.0.

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