Following the first week of the NFL season, the New England Patriots have decided to make another change to their receiving corps. They’re trading Demaryius Thomas to a division rival for draft compensation.
The Patriots made headlines over the weekend when they signed Antonio Brown to a one-year deal. It didn’t really seem like the team needed to make an upgrade to their offense, especially after they destroyed the Steelers.
In an effort to reshuffle its roster, New England decided to move on from its veteran wideout.
According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the Patriots are sending Thomas to the Jets for a 2021 sixth-round pick.
Thomas became the odd man out due to the signing of Brown.
More Antonio Brown fallout: Patriots are trading WR Demaryius Thomas in the division to the NY Jets for a 2021 sixth-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2019
New England released Thomas prior to the start of the season and then re-signed him before Week 1 against Pittsburgh.
There are a plethora of weapons on the Patriots that trading away Thomas shouldn’t affect the offense. Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon form a solid duo, meanwhile Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers provide solid depth.
We’ll see if Adam Gase can get solid production out of Thomas in New York. The two spent several years together in Denver, which includes a trip to the Super Bowl.