Houston- After wide receiver Will Fuller V went down with a torn ACL, the Houston Texans worked hard to find an answer and turned to trading for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. The Texans sent a 2019 4th-round draft pick to land the veteran wide receiver. His impact was slow on the field initially but he was able to bring a much needed voice to the Texans locker room.
Thomas was inserted into the starting lineup after Fuller was placed on the injured reserve and his presence brought a much needed veteran who could help with the offense. Against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thomas tore his achilles on his left foot ending his season and leaving his future with the Texans up in the air.
"I still can play,” Thomas explained about his future. “I'm not thinking about retirement.”
Head Coach Bill O’Brien in his final press conference of the year mentioned he had time to sit down and talk about the future with the veteran wide receiver.
“I had a long talk with Demaryius the other day,” O’Brien said of Thomas. “He’s a great guy. That’s the thing about this locker room, a lot of guys come from a lot of great stories, a lot of different backgrounds. You try to do the best you can to try to keep that together, because I think that meant a lot to this team.”
Thomas has one more season left on his current deal with a $14 million cap hit in 2019 with zero guaranteed money. The achilles injury to Thomas complicates things a bit especially with the rehab that is ahead for the 31-year old wide receiver. With the high cap number and a serious injury, the Texans are going to have to evaluate the situation closely to make the right decision for the organization.
“We’ll see how the rehab goes,” O’Brien continued on Thomas. “That’s a tough injury. He knows that. He’s 30 years old. That’s not easy to come back from, but he’s going to work hard. He wants to play again. He made that statement to me, and we’ll see how it goes moving forward.”
Thomas made it clear that he wants to stay in Houston but he knows there is a business side for that to happen.
“I would love it,” Thomas said. “I told them I love it. I love to be here. I'd love to finish my career here but we’ll see but we got to deal with it as players, guys in the locker room. It is what it is.”
In seven games with the Texans, Thomas had 23 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns averaging 12.0 yards a reception.