Broncos ‘closing in’ on deal to trade Demaryius Thomas to Texans

Mae Harvey
November 1, 2018

The Broncos (3-5) will host the Texans (5-3) on Sunday.

It's hard not to see the move as the Broncos throwing in the towel and entering rebuild mode.

The season started with optimism.

That is a significant amount of cap space for a team that desperately needs it, given their huge cap numbers for Case Keenum and Von Miller next year.

If Keenum had looked good and the Broncos had a winning record, then shipping Thomas to the Texans would have been unthinkable.

For the uninitiated, that line comes straight out of the 1995 hit movie "Friday", and the reference is flawless, given that Thomas and Miller were teammates since the 2011 season and won Super Bowl 50 together in 2016.

Elsewhere in the National Football League, veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall was released by the Seattle Seahawks and is now a free agent. He put in some great years in Denver, including a championship season, but that's too expensive of a contract for a team with young talent waiting in the wings and a season that has taken a turn for the worst. The Texans will be in Denver Sunday afternoon to take on the Broncos. He has compiled 665 receptions for 9,055 receiving yards (13.6 avg.) and 60 receiving touchdowns since being drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 Draft out of Georgia Tech. The only question was how long he would have to wait, playing behind both Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

There are two reasons Denver wanted to trade Thomas before Tuesday's deadline.

A head coach never wants to enter rebuilding mode, partly because it makes his job more hard, and because it means that an expiration date is on the horizon.

The true test of this squad will come after the bye week, as it would seem that by then we may have the likes of Colvin, Cunningham, Foreman, and hopefully a few others back on game day, and this team can really show its potential when fit and fully loaded.

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