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Report: Patriots emerging as potential trade partner for Demaryius Thomas

The Denver Broncos may have found a trade partner for Demaryius Thomas in the form of the New England Patriots.

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John Elway and the Denver Broncos may be looking to 2019 and beyond as the team continues to falter, now 3-5 after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. One key piece they are reportedly looking to move is wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Thomas, 30, will count $14 million against the cap next season and is a logical move for Elway to make given the emergence of rookie Courtland Sutton.

According to Michael Giardi of NFL Network, the New England Patriots are a team that may be considering a trade to acquire Thomas from Denver prior to next weeks’ trade deadline. The Patriots have a first-round pick, two second-round picks, a third, a fourth, and two seventh-rounders. My guess would be that their conversations will revolve somewhere between the second and fourth rounders.

The trade would make sense given Josh McDaniels originally drafted Thomas when he was head coach of the Broncos in 2009-10.

After the game on Sunday, Thomas was asked if he would be a Bronco after Tuesday’s trade deadline and he felt it was a 50-50 chance, which would suggest that trade talks are a lot more serious than many of us thought.

“Really, it was frustrating,” Thomas added. “It was frustrating. It bothered me throughout the whole week. It’s just tough. It’s just tough to even think about it midseason about being on another squad and not here.”


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