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Patriots Trading Demaryius Thomas to Jets 1 Week Before Their Matchup is Wildly Disrespectful

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 29: Demaryius Thomas #88 of the New England Patriots celebrates after scoring a touchdwon during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Antonio Brown's recent acquisition is causing casualties for the New England Patriots, and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is the latest to feel those effects.

The four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was thrown away by the Patriots for a mere 2021 sixth-round pick from the New York Jets.

Thomas signed with the Patriots expecting to have a role with the team, and even returned after New England cut the veteran receiver only to be traded to the Jets. It's understandably a business, but this seems harsh for a veteran like Thomas.

The move is not only disrespectful, but reckless on the side of the Patriots. New England is now putting all their eggs in the Brown and Josh Gordon basket, two receivers who have struggled to stay on the field for all the wrong reasons in the past.

The former first-round pick made a living carving up No. 1 cornerbacks, and the Patriots giving him up for a pick two years down the road is questionable. If either of Brown or Gordon misses time, the other pieces on the depth chart are uninspiring.

Hopefully Thomas can resurrect his career in New York, but the Patriots better hope things don't go south in their wide receivers room. There are a number of combustible variables in one room, which doesn't often result in success.