Washington Redskins: Demaryius Thomas Should be a Trade Target
The struggles of the Washington Redskins passing game is real. There has been little gain through the air in their four games of 2018. Why is this? It is because they are lacking a true number one wide receiver. How do the Redskins rectify this situation? The NFL Trade Deadline is approaching and there is one name that could help the Skins offense in a serious way. That player is, Demaryius Thomas.
Thomas has fallen out of the good graces of the Denver Broncos and their fans. He continuously is not making the big play. Therefore, the Denver Broncos went out in the 2018 NFL Draft and selected two new WRs, Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton. The selection of those two almost signals the end of DT in Denver.
Thomas is in his 9th season with the Broncos. He has one year remaining on a 5-year $70 million dollar deal that he signed in 2015. Trading him would save the Broncos $8.5 million on the current cap. It would, however, cost them $3.5 million in dead money in 2019. That may not be a concern to the Broncos at this point.
Why Should the Washington Redskins Trade for Demaryius Thomas?
Pass Offense Stinks
The Pass offense of the Washington Redskins is currently the 20th ranked offense in the NFL. I this team wants to make noise in the NFC East, let alone the NFC they are going to have to better that position. The Redskins do not have a receiver in the top 50 of the NFL. In fact, Demaryius Thomas ranks 43rd. Currently, the Redskins leading receiver is, once again, Chris Thompson (74th in the NFL).
Demaryius Thomas is a true number one
Thomas received the money as a big play WR. When he was paid, he was certainly playing like one. IN his nine years with the Broncos DT has played in ten playoff games, two Super Bowls, and selected to four Pro Bowls. He is able to separate to his size – 6’3” 230lbs. Thomas also five 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
Often a change of scenery changes a player. Demaryius Thomas would give the Washington redskins the receiver they need on the outside. It would also allow them to move Paul Richardson into the slot where I think he could be more effective. Think of DeSean Jackson in the slot. Also, teams would have to respect DT opposite Josh Doctson. Rolling coverage to Thomas’s side could open up opportunities for Doctson.
If the Washington Redskins are serious about improving their passing game, they should inquire about this trade. They could send a pick or two to the Broncos and see if they would bite. Being a make or break season for Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden, this move may just make it.
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