The Patriots cleared out some excess depth at the wide receiver position on Tuesday afternoon by dealing away Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets for a sixth-round pick in 2021 according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This was Belichick's first deal with the division rival during his tenure as Patriots head coach and helps create room for the recent arrival of Antonio Brown on the depth chart.
Thomas was signed by the Patriots back in May coming off a torn Achilles injury with the Texans last season. He was productive during his first preseason action against the Giants last month (seven catches, 87 yards, two TDs) but was inactive for the Patriots' opener against the Steelers on Sunday.
Without Thomas, the Pats' receiver current healthy depth chart now features Julian Edelman, Brown, Josh Gordon, Phil Dorsett and rookie Jakobi Meyers. The 31-year-old Thomas joins his former offensive coordinator in New York (Adam Gase), joining a receiving core that includes Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson. The Patriots face the Jets at Gillette Stadium during Week 3.