According to multiple reports, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots. The Pats has hosted the former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wideout for a visit last week, While terms were originally not released, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports it is a one-year deal worth up to $6 million.
In New England, Thomas will be reunited with Josh McDaniels, his first NFL head coach. McDaniels was the head man in Denver when the Broncos selected Thomas in the first round of the 2010 draft. Throughout his career, Thomas has been selected to five Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl with Denver.
After he was traded to Houston in the middle of last season, Thomas suffered a torn Achilles on Christmas Eve. The injury subsequently ended his season and led to his release earlier this year. If healthy, Thomas possesses the skill set to make an impact on offense for the Patriots. There will be opportunities in a receiver group that currently faces some uncertainty beyond Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett.
Many view this as a moderate-risk, but potential high-reward move for the Patriots. However, Thomas’ health and recovery will certainly be the most important factor in determining his success with the team. As always, time will tell.
–Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the iNew England Patriots and provides NFL editorial content. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC