Though they released him on Saturday, the Patriots fully intend to bring Demaryius Thomas back onto their roster, according to a source.
We’ll see if the Denver Broncos beat them to it.
Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk reported early this morning that Denver is interested in bringing Thomas back to the team he played nine seasons for before being sent to the Texans at the trade deadline last season.
Even though Thomas had a very impressive return to action last Thursday in the Patriots final preseason game (seven catches, 87 yards and two TDs), he’s still getting up to top form as he comes off his Achilles injury. But now that the league has seen how close he is to that top form, interest may have been piqued.
As a vested veteran, Thomas does not have to pass through waivers before another team can sign him so his services are currently up for grabs.
The Patriots planned to release rookie wideout Gunner Olszewski before a change of heart brought him back into the fold. His ability to return punts may have factored into that decision since Julian Edelman’s dealing with an injured thumb.
If the Patriots were weighing the pros and cons of Thomas compared to Olszewski and opted for the rookie, it will be a nut punch if Denver is able to convince Thomas to re-sign with them.
Even if he isn’t yet up to full speed, Thomas shows promise as a viable option for Tom Brady among a group of wideouts littered with uncertainties.
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