The Houston Texans acquired wide receiver Demaryius Thomas from the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round pick and a swap of seventh-round picks, general manager John Elway confirmed Tuesday.
The New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans each reportedly made offers as well, but none approached the value of a fourth-round pick. The Eagles announced they had acquired Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions, reportedly for a third-round pick, shortly after the Thomas news broke.
Thomas' name had been common in rumors and reports as Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline approached. The longest tenured player on the Broncos' roster, he will coincidentally play his first game on a different team back in Denver, as the Texans visit the Broncos this Sunday.
The Texans needed another wide receiver with Will Fuller lost for the season after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament last Thursday. Fuller was officially placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, clearing a roster spot for Thomas.
NFL Network reported that Houston was considering another trade for a wideout, the Patriots' Phillip Dorsett, but no deal materialized before the deadline.
Thomas, who turns 31 on Christmas Day, has 36 catches for 402 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season, but he became expendable with the emergence of second-round rookie Courtland Sutton in Denver. Denver also likes fourth-round wideout DaeSean Hamilton, who is dealing with a minor knee injury at the moment.
"We were not hell-bent on trading Demaryius," Elway told reporters in a news conference. "If the value was there and if we felt the value was there, we felt that it could help us that way as far as the draft next year. We thought that with the young guys behind him that we could make up for the space that he would leave.
"...As I told him, he'll always be a Bronco. It ends his career here, but not his career in the NFL. Look at it as the fact that eventually the Broncos will be reunited with Demaryius."
Denver will save about $4 million against the cap this season and $14 million in 2019, the final year of Thomas' five-year contract.
A first-round pick in 2010, Thomas went to four Pro Bowls and racked up 665 catches for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns in 125 career games (111 starts) with the Broncos. He ranks second in team history in receiving yards, third in catches and third in total touchdowns.
Broncos vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth said the team will recognize Thomas during Sunday's game, including modifying a large banner of Thomas outside the stadium to say "thank you" to the wideout.
The deal leaves Von Miller and Chris Harris Jr. as the longest tenured players on Denver's roster. Miller was the No. 2 overall pick in 2011, while Harris joined the team that year as an undrafted free agent.
--Field Level Media
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