The New England Patriots have made a trade with the rival New York Jets -- a first under Bill Belichick's tenure as head coach in Foxboro.
The Patriots dealt wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the Jets on Tuesday for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's the first Patriots-Jets trade Belichick has made in New England.
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
Antonio Brown officially joined the Patriots on Monday, and the elite wide receiver's addition to the roster made New England pretty crowded at that position.
Thomas was signed by the Patriots in May. He tore his Achilles as a member of the Houston Texans in December and was cleared to practice with the Patriots in August. He made his debut for the Pats in their fourth and final preseason game, where he tallied seven receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Giants.
The 31-year-old wideout was inactive for the Patriots' 33-3 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their Week 1 matchup Sunday night.
The last trade between the two AFC East rivals was when Belichick left the Jets to become the Patriots coach in 2000: New England sent a first-, fourth- and fifth-round pick to the Jets on Jan. 27, 2000.
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