, who detailed Gordon would be kept off the field for several series.
Now, with the Broncos at 3-5 and looking at another potential top 10 draft pick and the Patriots on their way to yet another playoff appearance, that trade idea may have some validity.
The Broncos do plan to recognize the recently-dealt Thomas with modified signage for Sunday's game where in a insane twist that only sports can provide.
Thomas did say, though, that the reports shouldn't have gotten out. At the age of 30, those opportunities are running low and Denver's championship window appears to have closed. At that point, the Broncos might be in position to bring Thomas back as a free agent.
Another reason for fans to be okay about Thomas going to New England? The Broncos shipped their longest-tenured player to the Houston Texans, just hours before the trade deadline.
The Broncos also might get something decent in return from the Patriots. "But where we can make it up is with the youth, the young guys and getting them experience as this year continues to go".
Elway said the Broncos "were not hell bent" on trading Thomas, but the bottom line is they simply want Sutton to play more. The 25-year-old had at least seven targets and four receptions in three of his first four games, and seemed to be developing a strong rapport with quarterback Tom Brady. With a 3-5 record and a number of teams calling on Thomas' availability, however, it will be hard for the Broncos to avoid trading him considering almost $20 million would come off the books.