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Patriots Sign WR Demaryius Thomas; Re-Sign DB Jonathan Jones

17 April 2019

The Patriots have re-signed defensive back Jonathan Jones and signed receiver Demaryius Thomas.

The New England Patriots are in desperate need of some help in the passing game, and they are turning to a long-time rival to get it. Thomas joined Marvin Harrison and Jerry Rice as the only National Football League players with three consecutive 1,400-yard and 10-touchdown seasons from 2012 through the 2014 season.

The contract is for one-year with a signing bonus of $150K and $1.2 million in base salary and he has the chance to earn more through incentives and bonuses, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.

New England are signing Thomas after he spent last season with the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, the team announced on Tuesday. The wideout was drafted by McDaniels and played for him in Denver in 2010. Thomas was released by Houston on February 12, 2019. Thomas' thirty-six 100-yard receiving performances are tops in team history.

Thomas ranks second on Denver's all-time list in every major receiving category, including receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, trailing only Rod Smith. Josh Gordon also could factor into the equation if his indefinite suspension is lifted.

Translation: After Edelman, the Patriots really don't have much at the wide receiver position for next season.

A 6-foot-3 threat, Thomas is coming off a 59-catch, 677-yard season split between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, and comes to the Patriots while recovering from a significant Achilles injury suffered in a December 23 game for the Texans.

The Montrose, Ga. native then went on to make three straight Pro Bowls, with his best season coming in 2014 when he snared 111 balls for 1,619 yards while reaching the end zone 11 times.

Patriots Sign WR Demaryius Thomas; Re-Sign DB Jonathan Jones