Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas during his time with the Denver Broncos. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Denver Broncos traded their longest-tenured player, sending wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and a seventh round draft pick to the Houston Texans for fourth and seventh round picks in the 2019 draft.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was the first to report the deal.
Thomas was in his ninth season with the Broncos and has 665 career receptions for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns.
He is second to Rod Smith in all the major receiving categories in Broncos history.
The Broncos selected Thomas in the first round of the 2010 draft (22nd overall) out of Georgia Tech.
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BRONCOS AGREE TO TRADE WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS TO HOUSTON
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Tuesday agreed to trade wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for a fourth and seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced.
Please see below for statements from Elway and Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis:
PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS/GENERAL MANAGER JOHN ELWAY
“Demaryius had an incredible run here and we can’t thank him enough for everything he’s meant to the Broncos. He developed into an elite player over the years, establishing himself as one NFL’s most productive, consistent and reliable wide receivers. D.T. was a big part of so many wins and memorable moments as a Bronco. Although it’s tough to end this chapter, we’re excited about the talent we have at the wide receiver position and wish Demaryius all the best with the Texans.”
PRESIDENT & CEO JOE ELLIS
“Demaryius will always be part of the Denver Broncos family. He was a special player for this organization during a very special time for the Broncos and our fans. We’re proud of all Demaryius accomplished on the field while also very quietly doing some outstanding work in the community, representing the team with class and humility. We look forward to honoring D.T. one day as a Ring of Famer and appreciate his many contributions to the Broncos.”
Thomas (6-3, 299 pounds) is a five-time Pro Bowler who spent the last nine years with the Broncos after they selected him in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft from Georgia Tech. He ranks second in franchise history in career receiving yards (9,055) and receiving touchdowns (60) while totaling the third-most receiving yards (9,055) all-time by a Bronco.
In 125 career games (111 starts) with the Broncos, Thomas was part of five AFC West champion teams (2011-15), two AFC Championship teams (2013, ’15) and one Super Bowl-winning team (Super Bowl 50 in 2015). He participated in a total of 83 wins as a Bronco and has the longest active games played (115) and games started (104) streak among any NFL wide receiver.
Thomas’ five career 1,000-yard receiving seasons rank second in Broncos history to Ring of Fame wide receiver Rod Smith. He has totaled a franchise-record 36 career 100-yard receiving games (including postseason) to rank third among all NFL players since his first 100-yard receiving game in 2011.
During a five-season stretch from 2012-16, Thomas became one of just four players in NFL history to post five consecutive years with at least 90 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards. He was voted to the Pro Bowl following each of those seasons to join Broncos Ring of Fame safety Steve Atwater (8, 1990-97) and Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe (7, 1992-98) as the only Broncos with five consecutive Pro Bowl selections.
A two-time second-team Associated Press All-Pro (2013-14), Thomas totaled the second-most receptions (535), receiving yards (7,332) and receiving touchdowns (51) in the NFL (regular season & playoffs) over that five-year period from 2012-16.
In 2014, Thomas set a Broncos single-season record with 1,619 receiving yards in addition to posting the second-most receptions (111) in franchise history. He also set a team record for most 100-yard receiving games (10), including a seven-game streak with 100+receiving yards.
In 10 postseason starts for Denver, Thomas totaled 53 receptions for 759 yards (14.3 avg.) with six touchdowns. Among his most memorable playoff moments was a four-catch, 204-yard performance in the 2011 AFC Wild Card Playoff Game against Pittsburgh that included an 80-yard game-winning touchdown on the first play of overtime.
Thomas also established a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions (118 yards, 1 TD) in Super Bowl XXXIV against Seattle during the 2013 season.
In eight starts this season, Thomas ranked second on the Broncos with 36 receptions for 402 yards (11.2 avg.) with three touchdowns.
A three-year starter at Georgia Tech, Thomas finished his collegiate career ranked fourth in school history in receiving yards (2,339), fourth in touchdown catches (15) and seventh in receptions (210). He attended West Laurens High School in Montrose, Ga., and was born on Dec. 25, 1987.
DENVER BRONCOS ALL-TIME CAREER RECEIVING LEADERS
1. Rod Smith 849
2. Shannon Sharpe 675
3. Demaryius Thomas 665
4. Lionel Taylor 543
5. Ed McCaffrey 462
Player Rec. Yds.
1. Rod Smith 11,389
2. Demaryius Thomas 9,055
3. Shannon Sharpe 8,439
4. Lionel Taylor 6,872
5. Ed McCaffrey 6,200
Player Rec. TD
1. Rod Smith 68
2. Demaryius Thomas 60
3. Shannon Sharpe 55
4. Ed McCaffrey 46
5. Haven Moses 44
Lionel Taylor 44