The Latest: Elway says trading Thomas good for all involved

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on moves at the NFL trade deadline (all times Eastern):


2:20 p.m.

John Elway says the trade of Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans is good for the Denver Broncos and for Thomas.

The move not only clears a $15 million salary cap hit from Denver's books next year, but it clears the way for young receivers to get more playing time, especially rookie Courtland Sutton but also rookie DaeSean Hamilton and second-year pro Tim Patrick.

Plus, Elway says, Thomas is going to a contender. The Texans lead the AFC South after following their 0-3 start with five consecutive victories.

The Broncos are 3-5 after getting swept by the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

— Arnie Stapleton reporting from Englewood, Colorado.


1:17 p.m.

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired wide receiver Golden Tate from the Detroit Lions for a third-round draft pick next year.

Tate has 44 catches for 517 yards and three touchdowns this season. He joins Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews, giving Carson Wentz another target.

Tate wrote on Twitter: "It's been real DETROIT! I'll love ya forever. Philly Philly let's get it!!"

The 30-year-old Tate averaged 93 catches, 1,056 yards receiving and five TDs the past four seasons in Detroit. He went to the Pro Bowl after the 2014 season. Tate spent his first four seasons with Seattle.

The defending Super Bowl champions Eagles are 4-4 and have a bye this week.


1:08 p.m.

The Denver Broncos traded nine-year veteran Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans.

Thomas won't have to wait long to play his old team — the Texans (5-3) visit the Broncos (3-5) this weekend.

The Broncos will also send a 2019 seventh-rounder to Houston and will receive fourth and seventh-round picks in the 2019 draft.

The Texans found themselves thin at wide receiver when they lost Will Fuller for the season to a torn knee ligament and have had trouble keeping rookie Keke Coutee on the field.

In a conference call with Denver media on Tuesday, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he knew nothing of the trade talks for Thomas, saying, "I've been in meetings all day game planning." Besides, he added, that's general manager Brian Gaine's department, not his.


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