Sep 9, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Four-time Pro Bowl WR Demaryius Thomas retires

Four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas announced his retirement on Monday.

Thomas, 33, did not play in the NFL last season. He caught 665 passes for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns in nine seasons with the Denver Broncos (2010-18) before finishing his career with the Houston Texans (2018) and New York Jets (2019).

“I’m Demaryius Thomas, and I’ve finally come to a decision to hang it up,” Thomas said in a video posted by the Broncos on social media. “I’m going to retire, and I’m going to retire a Denver Bronco.”

Denver drafted Thomas in the first round (22nd overall) in 2010 and traded him to the Texans on Oct. 30, 2018.

“(Thomas) belongs among the greatest players in Broncos history for what he’s meant to this organization on the field and out in the community,” said Broncos president John Elway in a statement. “We appreciate everything Demaryius did for us and congratulate him on his retirement from the NFL.”

He posted five straight 1,000-yard seasons with the Broncos from 2012-16 and helped them win a championship in Super Bowl 50. Thomas made the Pro Bowl in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

He ranks No. 2 in Denver history in receiving yards and touchdowns and is No. 3 in receptions.

Including his 23 catches for 275 yards and two touchdowns with Houston and his 36 grabs for 433 yards and one score with New York, Thomas retires with 724 receptions for 9,763 yards and 63 scores.

–Field Level Media

Demaryius Thomas missing practice due to death in family

<p> Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas will not open training camp with his teammates due to a death in his family, <a href="">according to an ESPN report</a>.</p> <p> Thomas' grandmother passed away with her funeral services taking place this week. After attending a team meeting on Wednesday, Thomas traveled back home to Georgia to be with his family. He has been excused from the start of training camp by the Broncos organization.</p> <p> Thomas has emerged as one of the NFL's premier receivers in the NFL with Peyton Manning quarterbacking the Broncos over the past two seasons. He followed his stellar 2012 season — 1,434 yards and 10 touchdowns — with 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013.</p> <p> He will return to the Broncos' facility on Monday.</p> <p> This is a classy move by the Broncos to allow Thomas the appropriate time to grieve. Some things are much more important than the game of football when it's all said and done.</p> <p> Follow me on Twitter: <a href="">@JasonHButt</a></p>