Demaryius Thomas – Wide Receiver
Texans general manager Brian Gaine and the front office made an aggressive move trading a 2018 fourth-round draft and swapping seventh-round selections with the Denver Broncos to acquire Demaryius Thomas. He was a great fit with the team from a locker room perspective and was building a rapport with Watson in the Texans offense, but his season-ending Achilles injury puts his future in Houston in question.
Thomas has a non-guaranteed $14 million cap hit for the Texans in 2019 and will be coming off a severe injury. Being injured so late in the season, Thomas will not see the field or possibly take part in the team’s practices early on in the season. The Texans have DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Keke Coutee, DeAndre Carter, Vyncint Smith, and Steven Mitchell on the roster for next season.
Thomas would be the second highest paid player on the roster, but the Texans have two options moving forward. Waiving him outright and opening up $14 million in cap space or rework his contract to lower his cap hit and open up money in the process. Either way, the Texans are going to have more cap space to make moves than what they have right now.