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.
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.