The Patriots traded 10-year veteran wideout Demaryius Thomas to the Jets in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick, the teams confirmed Wednesday. The trade is the first between the teams since 2000 -- when Bill Belichick, fresh off a one-day stint as Jets head coach at the time, was traded to New England for three draft picks, per NFL Research.
The Thomas trade also means Belichick has now made a deal with every NFL team since taking over as the Patriots' fearless leader 19 years ago.
Thomas signed as a free agent in April and spent the bulk of the offseason and training camp recovering from the torn Achilles he suffered in Week 16 as a member of the Texans last season. He was released on cutdown deadline day and re-signed a few days later on Sept. 2.
In his 15 appearances in 2018 -- he played the last seven in Houston following a midseason trade from Denver -- Thomas contributed 59 receptions, 677 yards and five touchdowns.