If this was following the 2016 National Football League season, the signing of veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas would've excited most New England Patriots fans as adding a playmaker coming off five consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons would've given Tom Brady another valuable weapon.
Thomas will reunite with a familiar face in New England.
First of all, Thomas is on the tail end of his career in which his offensive numbers have declined steadily since that 2016 season in which he caught 90 passes for 1083 yards.
A former first-round pick, Thomas spent his first eight-plus National Football League seasons with the Broncos, including a stint under former Denver head coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
He played seven games with Houston following a mid-season trade, catching 23 passes for two touchdowns before an Achilles injury ended his year in the final week of the regular season.
Thomas will be the fifth receiver in the Tom Brady era (since 2000) to sign with the Patriots after amassing five or more 1,000-yard seasons elsewhere. Thomas was released by Houston on February 12, 2019. In 15 games split between the two clubs, he posted 59 receptions for 677 yards and five touchdowns.
With the Patriots losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement and Cordarrelle Patterson to free agency, not to mention Josh Gordon to an indefinite suspension, Thomas seems like a solid low-risk, high-reward pickup.
Thomas recently pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge in connection to a February auto crash, according to the Houston Chronicle.