Houston trades with Broncos for wide receiver

Arnold Nichols
November 1, 2018

The fact that the 30-year-old wide receiver was traded to Houston on Tuesday just a few hours before the deadline makes for an even juicier matchup.

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.

The Broncos plan to honor Thomas's contributions to the franchise with a final gesture when he suits up in a Texans uniform this Sunday in Denver.

The Broncos sent the receiver to the Texans along with a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft for Houston's fourth- and seventh-round picks, the two teams announced on Tuesday. Houston's interest in Thomas no doubt picked up with both their recent surge to the top of the AFC South standings, and the loss of starting wide receiver Will Fuller for the year.

The welcoming the Broncos and their fans give Thomas at Mile High Stadium after seven-plus years of service should be a sight to see for National Football League fans of all stripes. The speed that made Thomas' NFL career has diminished, but that doesn't mean he can't be effective as a target for Deshaun Watson.

Not mentioned in that press release was Thomas' contractual situation, in which the Texans are on the hook for the remainder of his $4,500,000 salary this season, with a non-guaranteed 2019 salary of $14,000,000 on the books for 2019. Green Bay didn't get much in return for the versatile player and only ended up with a 2020 seventh-round pick.

Aside from ending Thomas's storied career in Denver, the trade also turns up the temperature of the hot water head coach Vance Joseph is in. One is the aforementioned Sutton. It's a no-brainer for the books.

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