Houston trades with Broncos for wide receiver

Broncos are 2.5-point favorites against Texans this week

Thomas ended up getting traded from the Broncos to the Texans for a fourth- and seventh-round pick, but the Patriots were one of three teams that tried to pry him from Denver before he was sent to Houston.

Peters, a team captain, is now in his fourth season with the Texans and is a vital part to Houston's special teams unit which has been firing on all cylinders so far this season.

With the trade, the Broncos created up to $18 million in extra 2019 salary cap space. The Texans have added not only a Super Bowl champion wide receiver, but a player who will force teams to choose split time in concentrating on Thomas or a Top 5 National Football League wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

"We were not hell-bent on trading Demaryius, " Elway said. He was a special player for this organization during a very special time for the Broncos and our fans.

In Philadelphia's case, the reigning Super Bowl champs will be giving up a third-round pick, according to ESPN, for the ninth-year standout, who had caught 44 passes for 517 yards this year.

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If the deal goes down, Thomas' first game will be against the Denver Broncos....in Denver.

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

Thomas had 36 catches for 402 yards and three touchdowns this season.

The trade by the Texans is a huge move for their offense and after losing standout Will Fuller following his ACL tear in Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins. Denver has missed the playoffs the last two seasons, and it looks like they will again this year, too.

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