Demaryius Thomas Trade to Houston Opens Big Opportunity for Courtland Sutton

Demaryius Thomas Trade to Houston Opens Big Opportunity for Courtland Sutton

Demaryius Thomas Trade to Houston Opens Big Opportunity for Courtland Sutton

In trading for Thomas on Tuesday before the National Football League trade deadline, the Texans didn't give up a lot in the process with a 2019 fourth round pick going to Denver, along with the two teams exchanging seventh round selections too.

The Broncos sent the receiver to the Texans along with a seventh-round pick in the 2019 draft for Houston's fourth- and seventh-round picks, the two teams announced on Tuesday. "He developed into an elite player over the years, establishing himself as one NFL's most productive, consistent and reliable wide receivers".

Broncos general manager John Elway was asked during a press conference Tuesday if he considered that Denver would face Thomas on Sunday if he was traded to the Texans. Sutton was the 40th overall pick in this year's draft out of SMU, and was already drawing rave reviews in preseason. Luckily for Thomas, he won't have to start looking for a house in Houston until next week, since the Broncos are actually hosting the Texans this coming Sunday. $14 million seems pricy, but a wide receiving corps of DeAndre Hopkins, Thomas, a healthy Fuller, and Coutee in 2019 is fairly mind blowing to think about. Second, and perhaps more importantly, the message the Broncos received yesterday was that, in at least some small way, their front office is cashing it in on 2018.

Another depleted group are the linebackers, with the promising Cole out for the season yet again, and Cunningham now also struggling with an injury, it means that rookie Peter Kalambayi, and special teams stalwarts Brennan Scarlett and Brian Peters will see far more game time on defense this coming weekend. If you're a Texans fan, long term, perhaps the best part of this deal is that it shows that Brian Gaine is willing to play in that draft-equity-for-current-asset space, and that he isn't afraid to make bold moves to make the team better now.

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