Schlereth: There is value in the Broncos trading Demaryius Thomas

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Demaryius Thomas has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the Houston Texans for a fourth-round pick, and the two teams are trading seventh-round picks, too.

According to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver, the Eagles, Patriots and Titans all made offers, but ultimately he was shipped to Houston in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick and the teams will swap seventh-rounders.

He has 36 catches for 402 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season. But his hefty salary-cap figure for 2019 ($17.533 million in what is the past year of his deal) and the emergence of rookie Courtland Sutton as a big-play threat had raised the possibility of Thomas being shipped elsewhere.

The Broncos' warm feelings for Thomas might subside by Sunday when they kick off their Week 9 game against ... the Texans.

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Deshaun Watson became the first of Thomas' new teammates to contact him, and the 30-year-old wideout said he appreciated that a young quarterback was so excited to play with him. $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. He won a Super Bowl with Denver for the 2015 season.

Thomas had acknowledged rumours of a trade in recent weeks, guessing there was a "50-50" chance it would happen, although he wanted to remain in Denver. The rookie had a season-high 78 yards on three catches in the loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Thomas had one year left on his current contract, but his future with the Broncos after this season was decidedly uncertain because he was set to count $17.533 million against the salary cap next season. That can't be great for team morale, and for what it's worth, the betting line on the game has moved from Broncos -2.5 to a pick 'em.

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