Houston Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas confirmed that he will play in 2019, ending any speculation that the five-time Pro Bowler is set to retire.
The 31-year-old Thomas suffered a torn Achilles in Houston's Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, which ended his season. Despite the severity of the injury - along with his age - Thomas is preparing to suit up for next year.
"My main priority right now is getting back healthy," Thomas said, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "I can still play, man. I'm not thinking about retirement. I just don't know where it will be."
After eight and a half seasons with the Denver Broncos, Thomas (along with a seventh-round pick), was traded to the Texans at the deadline in exchange for fourth and seventh-round selections in 2019.
In three games with the Texans, Thomas caught seven passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He struggled to fit in a Houston offense that relied mostly on Deshaun Watson and Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. But Thomas will have more time to study the playbook and understand the offense for his second year in Houston, assuming they don't trade or release him.
Thomas has registered five 1,000-yard seasons in his career, and he was vital in helping the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers. Thomas has accumulated 688 receptions for 9,330 yards and 62 touchdowns in his career.
The 31-year-old is entering the final year of a $70 million contract he signed with the Broncos in the 2015 offseason. Per Spotrac.com, Thomas carries a $14 million cap hit for the 2019 season. A productive year would go a long way in helping Thomas land another big contract in 2020 free agency.
What This Means
With Thomas planning to play in 2019, the Texans don't need to prioritize finding another playmaker in the passing game. With Watson, Hopkins and Thomas in the fold, this offense could reach another level in 2019, following an on-and-off showing this season.