Demaryius Thomas, a former wide receiver for the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, and New York Jets, announced his retirement on Monday. Thomas is re-signing with the Broncos to finish his career with the team where he spent eight of his ten NFL seasons.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Thomas will serve as an honorary captain for Denver's home opener against the Jets on September 26. Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowler in Denver, had a career total of 724 receptions for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns. Thomas' greatest run of success came as Peyton Manning's top target, with 1,619 receiving yards in a single season breaking a team record.
Thomas has three of the franchise's top five single-season receiving totals and two of the top three single-season catch totals. In a Broncos uniform, only Rod Smith had more career receiving yards.
Following Manning's retirement in 2016, the Broncos' difficulties at quarterback delayed Thomas' presumably Hall of Fame-bound career in his final few seasons. During the 2018 season, he was traded to Houston and suffered a torn Achilles tendon, ending his time with the team after only seven games.
In 2019, Thomas returned to the Jets for an 11-game stay, but his effect was lessened. He only had 36 catches for 433 yards and one touchdown. During the 2020 season, he went unsigned.