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Broncos to honor Demaryius Thomas on Sunday against Texans

01 November 2018

After news broke of Denver dealing Thomas and a seventh-round draft pick to the Texans in exchange for fourth- and seventh-round picks, Broncos linebacker sent this comically heartfelt message to Thomas via Twitter.

It's no secret that Broncos linebacker Von Miller and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were close friends. But his hefty salary-cap figure for 2019 ($17.533 million in what is the previous year of his deal) and the emergence of rookie Courtland Sutton as a big-play threat had raised the possibility of Thomas being shipped elsewhere. It is expected that Sutton will receive more playing time in Thomas's absence.

With midseason here approaching and the much-needed bye week set for after their Week 9 match-up at the Denver Broncos, the Houston Texans depth chart is beginning to look remarkably different from opening day of this season.

Thomas had acknowledged rumours of a trade in recent weeks, guessing there was a "50-50" chance it would happen, although he wanted to remain in Denver.

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The five-time Pro Bowl selection ranks high on several franchise lists, including No. 2 for most receiving touchdowns and receiving yards.

Not mentioned in that press release was Thomas' contractual situation, in which the Texans are on the hook for the remainder of his $4,500,000 salary this season, with a non-guaranteed 2019 salary of $14,000,000 on the books for 2019.

Thomas has played his entire nine-year career with the Broncos. They willfully got a little worse for 2018 in order to get better sometime down the road. The team also could restructure Thomas' deal in the offseason. It was also the least-productive season for Thomas since his rookie year, way back in 2010.

Broncos to honor Demaryius Thomas on Sunday against Texans