Jacksonville Jaguars Trade Mike Thomas To Detroit Lions

By Joey Farbo
Jacksonville Jaguars Mike Thomas

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions have brokered the first significant trade prior to Thursday’s trade deadline.

The Jaguars moved wide receiver Mike Thomas to the Lions for what is likely going to be a mid-round draft pick.

Thomas, a fourth-round draft pick of the Jaguars back in 2009, was slowly slipping down the Jaguars depth chart at receiver and had lost his job as the team’s primary punt returner. He struggled in training camp, leading many to suggest that the Jaguars would cut the receiver prior to the season. Despite playing in all seven of the Jaguars games this season, he has yet to make any sort of a positive impact with only 13 catches for 80 yards.

The Jaguars rewarded Thomas with a lucrative contract extension in 2011 after he emerged in 2010 as a playmaking receiver, but after signing his extension his production took a dive.

A big deal in the Jaguars loss on Sunday to the Green Bay Packers was the nine drops that the Jaguars receivers had. Thomas had one of the key drops on an out route on the goal line that likely would have gone for a touchdown.

Thomas will return to EverBank Field this Sunday when his new team comes to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars.

The Lions were looking for a receiver to help fill the void left by the injury to receiver Nate Burleson last week. If the Lions are looking for Thomas to make a significant impact in their passing game, they will likely be significantly disappointed with their return.

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