Patriots To Release Demaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas did not end up making the Patriots’ 53-man roster. The defending Super Bowl champions will release the veteran wide receiver, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

The Pro Bowl wideout played in New England’s fourth preseason game after being activated from the Pats’ active/PUP list. But he will return to free agency.

Thomas caught seven passes in the Pats’ preseason finale, which admittedly was scattered with far less experienced cover men, but Rapoport notes the 31-year-old target is still working back to full strength. Thomas tore his Achilles in December of last season and, like former Broncos teammate Emmanuel Sanders, spend the offseason rehabbing that tendon.

The Pats guaranteed Thomas just $300K; the nine-year veteran said he did not receive much interest elsewhere. His preseason performance could entice a team to bring him aboard, but for the time being, the former Super Bowl starter is unattached.

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