Pats Bring Back Veteran WR Demaryius Thomas Days after Cutting Him

Demaryius Thomas. Photo by Scott D Stivason/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It has been tremulous few days for veteran wideout Demaryius Thomas. The five-time Pro Bowler was first released by the New England Patriots over the weekend as part of roster cuts, only to be re-signed by the team several days later.

Thomas joined the Patriots in April on an incentives-loaded one-year deal and actually had a good showing in the preseason despite working his way back from an Achilles injury. He was especially productive in the team’s 29-31 loss to New York Giants on Friday, recording seven receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite this, New England released Thomas on Saturday in a series of moves that got their roster to 53 players. The 31-year-old didn’t sign with a new team in the coming days, and that’s when Pats came back calling when a roster spot opened due to rookie N’Keal Harry’s injury.

While we must assume that these were several nerve-wracking days for Demaryius Thomas, he still got something out of it. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Thomas’ got a raise, and will now earn $1.5 million compared to $1.2 million on his previous contract.

Thomas spent the first eight and a half years of his career with Denver Broncos, managing to get a Super Bowl ring with the team in 2015. He was traded midway through 2018 season to Houston Texans, where he made 23 catches for 275 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.