And today, just hours before the 4pm deadline, he was.
Sanders has been enjoying his second-best season as a Broncos player this year; with 606 yards and three touchdowns through eight games. The team sent a fourth round pick to the Broncos and swapped seventh round picks, according to multiple media reports. For Denver, which reportedly had been looking to deal Thomas for weeks amid the emergence of rookie receiver Courtland Sutton, it's a way to gain draft capital in exchange for what had become an expendable player.
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The welcoming the Broncos and their fans give Thomas at Mile High Stadium after seven-plus years of service should be a sight to see for National Football League fans of all stripes. The speed that made Thomas' NFL career has diminished, but that doesn't mean he can't be effective as a target for Deshaun Watson.
Thomas, 30, has the second-most receiving yards (9,055) and touchdown catches (60) in Broncos history, trailing Rod Smith in both categories.
But the Texans found a willing trade partner in Denver. We're proud of all Demaryius accomplished on the field while also very quietly doing some outstanding work in the community, representing the team with class and humility.
Miller wasn't the only one in Denver who publicly lamented Thomas' trade to Houston.