Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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Demaryius Thomas is the Patriots' next reclamation project

Demaryius Thomas is the Patriots' next reclamation project

The New England Patriots made a potentially significant addition to their receiving corps Tuesday, signing former Denver Broncos star Demaryius Thomas.

The Patriots didn't announce the terms of the contract, but NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported it was a one-year deal worth up to $6 million.

During offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels's brief tenure as Denver Broncos head coach, the Broncos selected Thomas 22nd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

After Week 8 last season, the Broncos traded Thomas to the Houston Texans in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

Fast forward a couple seasons and the one-year deal the team agreed upon to add Thomas to a mostly unproven wide receiver group doesn't seem so exciting to most fans.

Not long after, the Texans released the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

The Patriots will once again enter a new National Football League season as the defending Super Bowl champs, coming off their 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

The New England Patriots are in desperate need of some help in the passing game, and they are turning to a long-time rival to get it. Thomas has started all 10 postseason games he has played in and totaled 53 receptions for 759 yards and six touchdowns. Four consecutive seasons of over 1300 yards receiving certainly proves that, but on the downside of his career, the chemistry or lack thereof with Tom Brady will determine if he can at least be effective in the Patriots offense.

With the Patriots losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement and Cordarrelle Patterson to free agency, not to mention Josh Gordon to an indefinite suspension, Thomas seems like a solid low-risk, high-reward pickup.

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