Broncos & # 39; wide receiver Demaryius Thomas joined Team Headquarters on Tuesday morning, having worked countless times in nine NFL seasons.
However, this entry into the work was clearly different. 19659002 met with General Manager John Elway, who told him he had been traded to the Houston Texans. The conversation proved difficult for both sides. Thomas's extraordinary career – five pro-bowls, 665 catches, 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns – came to an end with the Broncos.
"I told him that we had done everything we could to take care of him," Elway Later said at a press conference, "Take care of the Broncos too."
The transaction, purely for business: Denver swapped Thomas and a draft pick of the seventh round in 201
This future came faster than many expected. The Broncos, who took on 3-5 against Thomas and the Texans on Sunday, became sell-through sellers.
"If the value were there, we would have thought that this could help us through to the next year's draft and us. I thought with the young people behind me (Thomas) we could make up for the place he would leave "Elway said. "We got the value we thought was fair, and that was the most important thing."
Before the move, trade rumors had developed between Thomas, Houston, and New England that had lifted the shock, but not the immediate emotional fallout. Thomas was active in the Denver community and the charity initiatives of the team. Elway said, "We can not thank him enough for everything he meant for the Broncos." CEO Joe Ellis added in a press release: "We look forward to honoring DT one day as a ring of Famers."
Several veteran Broncos & # 39; players have sent farewell messages to Thomas via Twitter.
– Wide Receiver Emmanuel Sanders (@ ESanders_10): "This one has moved me to tears. 5 years my Brotha we have given the city everything we had. They know that love flows deep between us. Our ties are bigger than football, this is a life experiment. La familia. I love you @DemaryiusT – #Htown has a real one! #THUNDERandLIGHTNING. "
– Cornerback Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr):" @DemaryiusT hard to see how my boy is going. 8 years mutual improvement every day. Bal out big bro, just not next week, lol.
– Center Matt Paradis (@two_dice): "I have been playing football for almost 5 years now and be friends with DT. Words can not describe how great of a player and a person he is. I'll miss you, @DemaryiusT, good luck, brother.
Even Sutton, the player whose talents ultimately helped oust Thomas, nodded to his short-term mentor on Instagram. Sutton's caption under a photo of the couple at the exercise read: "Could not be thankful for my buddy @demaryiusthomas. What is understood does not have to be explained.
The explanation for the faith of Denver without Thomas is justified.
Not only Sutton (6-3, 218) reflects Thomas (6-3, 229) in stature, but also in the field of skill, while Suttons Ability to bring the football over defenders on deep balls and its physicality in blocking as far as reminiscent of Thomas in his best form.Although Sutton can prove a lot, he has scored 17 catches in eight games for 324 yards and two touchdowns, almost He now has the task of leading a complete route tree as Denver Option # 2 behind Sanders.
"We thought that would give Courtland the chance to get there, play more, and to become a bigger part of it because we think he's ready to go, "said Elway." He has been playing well so far, hopefully this speeds his maturity. "
Sutton had become Earlier this month informed about his development at The Denver Post. His words must turn into action as the Broncos move from their veteran leader to the broadside and engage their novice with the highest limit.
"I'm definitely getting better every week," said Sutton. "There is always something to learn at this level, and the game is changing so much from series to series. I just try to make sure that I feel better every week and every day so that I can continue to make the best version of me for this crime.
2012 AFC Wildcard home game against the Steelers: At the first overtime game at 11pm, Tim Tebow made a quick shot, took a game action and threw an arrow on a short cross to Thomas. Thomas caught the football in the crotch and ran 80 yards away, leading two defensive Pittsburghs into the end zone. Denver moved up to New England in the second round.