Patriots interested in Broncos' Thomas, Lions' Tate

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Thomas will have the chance to face his former team in just five days, as the Texans face the Broncos in Mile High Stadium on November 4.

This time of the regular season always brings all sorts of speculation, as teams like the Philadelphia Eagles will be looking at additional options to improve their roster before the National Football League trade deadline, which is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The Patriots' receiver group needs a veteran presence like Thomas (another former first-round pick) and the Broncos would probably love to unload the almost $19 million in salary cap space they would save by trading him.

"I don't think so", Tate told Birkett on Monday evening after the rumors started swirling.

Elway said the Broncos "were not hell bent" on trading Thomas, but the bottom line is they simply want Sutton to play more.

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The Broncos do plan to recognize the recently-dealt Thomas with modified signage for Sunday's game where in a insane twist that only sports can provide. He has 17 catches for 266 yards and one touchdown since joining the Patriots.

Thomas, who has spent each of his nine seasons with the Broncos, put his odds of being traded at "50-50" following Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

This trade would make so much sense for both parties, no matter how tough it would be for Broncos Country to see Thomas in any other team's colors, even New England's.

If the Broncos were winning a lot of games and playing at a high level, Thomas would not be going anywhere. "Plus, it's a good spot for Demaryius".

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