Per the report, the veteran wideout landed a $150,000 signing bonus from the Patriots and is in line to subsequently earn a $150,000 reporting bonus and $1.2 million base salary. Additionally, Thomas can collect $1.4 million in per-game roster bonuses, as well as another $750,000 for 60 catches, $750,000 for 800 receiving yards, $750,000 for 1,000 yards and $750,000 for 1,200 yards. Essentially, the 31-year-old is betting on himself and in the process New England is able to take a low-risk flier on an accomplished pass catcher who is bouncing back from the second Achilles injury of his career, which occurred last December. After suffering a torn right Achilles' tendon back in February 2011, Thomas went on to play 11 games during the 2011 campaign and then rounded into Pro Bowl-form in 2012. This time around, Thomas is recovering from a left Achilles' tear, an injury that has the potential to sap pro athletes of speed and explosiveness, especially in the back half of their careers.
Recovering from a Dec. 23 rupture of his Achilles tendon, Thomas was released by the Texans in February and pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge in March. His offseason now takes a turn for the better, though he still has a long way to go in the rehab process. The Patriots can afford to take a patient approach, with Tom Brady capable of putting up points even if his pass-catching corps is depleted by a mixture of injuries, retirements and suspensions. The 31-year-old Thomas hasn't exactly aged gracefully, but he still had something to offer late last season, catching 23 of 33 targets for 275 yards (8.3 YPT) and two touchdowns in seven games after he was traded from Denver to Houston. He'll now be reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, joining a group of wide receivers that includes Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon (suspension), Phillip Dorsett, Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris.
Thomas (Achilles) visited the Patriots on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Aside from Julian Edelman and James White, Tom Brady doesn't have many reliable pass catchers at his disposal in the wake of Rob Gronkowski's retirement and Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension. Only three and a half months removed from tearing his left Achilles tendon, Thomas almost certainly was unable to do much physical activity in front of the Patriots' training staff. More likely than not, the Patriots are keeping tabs on free agents like Thomas, who has a long rehab process to complete before he'll be able to aid any offense.
Thomas (Achilles) pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge for his car accident Feb. 16 in Denver, Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle reports.
In exchange for the above guilty plea, Thomas will have a charge for vehicular assault -- a felony -- dropped. The crash occurred just days after the Texans released the wide receiver, who is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered Week 16 of last season. Between Denver and Houston, he had his least-productive campaign since 2011 (59-677-5 on 89 targets). It remains to be seen if another organization will bring the 31-year-old into the fold, but the nature of his injury is such that he may not be healthy enough to play at any point in 2019.
Thomas was arrested and is in custody for vehicular assault related to a single-vehicle rollover crash earlier this month, Joe Dahlke of FOX31 Denver reports.
Thomas was allegedly driving 70 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone and then lost control of his car before rolling over and coming to a stop somewhere off the road. There were two passengers in the vehicle, one of which suffered "serious bodily injuries" as a result of the accident. Thomas, an unrestricted free agent, apparently has a history of driving-related offenses and it's possible he could receive punishment from the league.
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