We never touched up on the news last week of the Houston Texans releasing wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. It’s a bit abrupt since the Texans gave up a fourth round pick (while swapping sevenths) in the middle of the 2018 season with the Denver Broncos. The move helps the Texans’ salary cap, clearing $14 million in space.
The other factor that may have gone with the decision was Thomas’ injury, tearing his Achilles in Week 16. He’s had this injury before, but a failed physical combined with that monster non-guaranteed salary sealed his fate. It also didn’t help that he’s 31 years old. By comparison, Pierre Garçon, who the 49ers are reported to not pick up the 2019 option of, will turn 33 by the time the regular season starts.
Which is why it’s necessary to bring this up. The 49ers may need a veteran wide receiver in a few months. At one point, they were thought to be a possible destination for Antonio Brown, but Brown will cost draft picks and there’s no certainty the Steelers will be able to work out a deal. Plan B for the 49ers was Emmanuel Sanders, but that again costs draft picks and again, there’s no telling if Sanders will be available for trade beyond rumors.
Sanders is near the same age as Thomas, but Thomas is a free agent. Thomas also says he isn’t thinking of retirement and can still play. There was once a time when Thomas was a one-man wrecking ball against defenses, clearing 1,000 receiving yards five consecutive years until 2017 where he finished with 949. 2018 was a disappointment, he finished with 677 receiving yards, but that can be blamed on not just being traded to a team midseason and learning a different offense, but a team that has DeAndre Hopkins as well.
Needless to say, the 49ers do not have DeAndre Hopkins. Perhaps Thomas has some rehabbing left to do. He also was involved in a car crash Saturday. But if all of that can be mended, would you bring him to the 49ers? Do you think he has something left?
Someone may pay him, but the 49ers may be able to lock him down for a year or two to fill the gap left by Garçon. The free agent wide receiver class is very thin for 2019, which is why you hear about the 49ers wanting to trade for someone. Thomas would cost money, not draft picks. Do you think he has something left in the tank to give the 49ers?
Would you be open to bringing Demaryius Thomas to the 49ers?
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Yes, on a one-year deal
Yes, on a two-year deal
Yes, on a 3+ years deal