The Patriots don’t often do business with AFC East rivals, but they are trading wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The move is another aftershock from the signing of wide receiver Antonio Brown, who officially came aboard Monday. Thomas, who signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, had spent much of the offseason recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in Week 16 as a member of the Houston Texans last season.
Thomas did get off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list by the end of August, and played in the final preseason game against the Giants, catching seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
He didn’t make the initial 53-man roster, but was re-signed to a one-year deal. Thomas, however, was limited in practice last week with what was listed as a hamstring injury. He was inactive for the Patriots’ 33-3 victory over the Steelers. So the Patriots now have Brown, Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski in their receiving corps.
In other news, according to a source, safety Obi Melifonwu, who was released Monday to make room for Brown on the roster, was added to the Patriots practice squad.