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Patriots sign wide receiver Demaryius Thomas

17 April 2019

The team announced that it has agreed to a deal with Demaryius Thomas, a longtime member of the Denver Broncos.

Thomas, 31, was acquired by the Texans from the Denver Broncos just before last season's trade deadline.

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According to National Football League insider Field Yates, Thomas agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots. The Patriots enter the 2019 National Football League season without star tight end Rob Gronkowski - meaning more targets for the wide receivers.

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The club could have brought back Chris Hogan, who was an unrestricted free agent, but wasn't aggressive in doing so.

Overall, Thomas earned four Pro Bowl selections with the Broncos, last punching his ticket in 2016 when he finished with 90 catches for 1,083 yards and five touchdowns. In February, Thomas was involved in a one-vehicle auto accident in which two of his passengers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. His best season came in 2014 when he was catching passes from Peyton Manning, hauling in 111 receptions for 1,619 yards - both career highs - and 11 touchdowns. He was fined $300, ordered to complete 50 hours of community service and received one year of supervised probation.

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A former first-round pick, Thomas spent his first eight-plus National Football League seasons with the Broncos, including a stint under former Denver head coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. His 665 catches rank third in team history behind Smith and Shannon Sharpe.

Patriots sign wide receiver Demaryius Thomas