Demaryius Thomas certainly won’t be playing for the New England Patriots now or ever in the future.
The 31-year-old wide-out signed a deal with the New England Patriots in the off-season, but would find himself being released during final roster cuts on August 31st. He would soon re-sign with the Pats two days later, but just to be traded to the New York Jets on September 10th.
The Jets and Pats face off Monday night and Thomas had something to say.
“It was insulting, for sure,” Thomas told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News Wednesday about the machinations of his exit from New England. “Once I got cut (on August 31), I could have just come here (to the Jets) and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone. So, it’s like, ‘Why did I waste my time?’ Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me.”
The Patriots had a reason for trading him at the time as they were planning to upgrade with Antonio Brown. As we saw, that ended terribly.
Thomas was more so upset how Bill Belichick dealt with the situation.
“It was disrespectful to me,” Thomas said. “Like, you know, you could trust me and I could trust you. You told me when you cut me at the (final) cut, sit around you’ll bring me back. And I stayed. I could have easily become a Jet once I got cut…. I could have been here the next day after I got released. But I chose to stay.”
“Coach (Belichick) came up to me and was like, ‘Uh, we got too many guys. We can’t get the ball around enough and we’re going to trade you to the Jets,'” Thomas said. “And that was that…. Ain’t no reason to yell. They’ve won championships without me. I was only trying to be a part of something that was going to be good when I was there… They’re doing a hell of a job.”
Thomas has a chance to get his revenge for a New York Jets team that looks very different now that starting QB Sam Darnold is back behind center.