Broncos trade Pro Bowl WR Demaryius Thomas to Texans

Demaryius Thomas. Photo by Scott D Stivason/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Denver Broncos decided to give up on 2018 season and trade their star wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on Tuesday. Broncos announced that they had sent Thomas to Houston Texans, receiving a fourth-round pick in exchange for the 30-year-old Pro Bowler. The teams will also swap their seventh-round picks as part of the deal.

“Demaryius had an incredible run here and we can’t thank him enough for everything he’s meant to the Broncos,” said Broncos general manager John Elway in a statement. “He developed into an elite player over the years, establishing himself as one [of the] NFL’s most productive, consistent and reliable wide receivers. D.T. was a big part of so many wins and memorable moments as a Bronco. Although it’s tough to end this chapter, we’re excited about the talent we have at the wide receiver position and wish Demaryius all the best with the Texans.”

This trade doesn’t come as a surprise, especially since Broncos started shopping Demaryius Thomas after the first half of the season didn’t go their way, and they fell to 3-5 record. Thomas himself was aware of the possibility that he will leave Denver, saying on Monday that odds of him getting traded are “50-50.”

“I’ll be on a squad. I’ll be able to play ball,” Thomas told reporters on Monday. “I’ll be able to do what I love. If it’s the Broncos, I would love it. But if it’s not, it’s a business. I gotta deal with it.”

Houston Texans found themselves in need of a WR after their leading receiver Will Fuller suffered an ACL tear in Thursday’s win over Miami Dolphins. Unlike Broncos, Texans managed to win five games in a row after losing the first three and are now first in AFC South. The team now sees a deep playoff run as a real option, especially since their closest rivals, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, are struggling at the moment.