Patriots Sign Veteran WR Demaryius Thomas

A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick crossing his arms during a game

A closeup of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick crossing his arms during a game

Former Denver Broncos and Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas reportedly has a new home.

That familiarity should allow for Thomas to be effective after he gets a few games under his belt in New England. His best season came in 2014 when he was catching passes from Peyton Manning, hauling in 111 receptions for 1,619 yards - both career highs - and 11 touchdowns.

The contract is for one-year with a signing bonus of $150K and $1.2 million in base salary and he has the chance to earn more through incentives and bonuses, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.

Prior to the Achilles injury he still caught 59 passes for 677 yards in 15 games between played with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans. But coming to New England will reunite him with Josh McDaniels, his head coach in Denver during his rookie year, and more importantly, means he'll have Tom Brady throwing him the football. Thomas was released by Houston on February 12, 2019.

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The 31-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Georgia Tech, was originally selected by the Broncos in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. Thomas' thirty-six 100-yard receiving performances are tops in team history.

Thomas joins Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Bruce Ellington, Maurice Harris, Braxton Berrios, Damoun Patterson and special teamer Matthew Slater on the Patriots' depth chart at receiver.

Thomas pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of careless driving on March 27, and the felony charge was dismissed.

He'll serve as veteran insurance as the Patriots await the fate of wideout Josh Gordon, indefinitely suspended by the league for violating its substance abuse policy.

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