After watching the Oakland Raiders get a first-round pick for Amari Cooper, much of Broncos Country is outraged that Thomas fetched only a fourth-round pick, but that's the unfortunate diminished value with a player who is going to cost a team almost $20 million over the next two years. Rookie receiver Courtland Sutton has had a breakout year with the Broncos by recording 324 yards and two touchdowns in eight games.
The Broncos plan to honor Thomas's contributions to the franchise with a final gesture when he suits up in a Texans uniform this Sunday in Denver. The team also could restructure Thomas' deal in the offseason.
He had five consecutive years of 1,000-plus yards receiving between 2012-16, and just missed that milestone last season with 949 yards.
Miller wasn't the only one in Denver who publicly lamented Thomas' trade to Houston.
It won't take long for Thomas to get a chance to go up against his former teammates. He also missed the first three games of the 2017 season with a broken collarbone. $14 million seems pricy, but a wide receiving corps of DeAndre Hopkins, Thomas, a healthy Fuller, and Coutee in 2019 is fairly mind blowing to think about.
The Patriots will host the Green Bay Packers in a primetime showdown next Sunday night. That can't be great for team morale, and for what it's worth, the betting line on the game has moved from Broncos -2.5 to a pick 'em.
The first major domino on NFL Trade Deadline Day has come down, and it's an offensive weapon. But by moving Thomas, at the very least you'll free up roster space for younger players, he said.