The Jacksonville Jaguars received a 2014 fifth-round pick for wide receiver Mike Thomas, an improvement from what they were getting from Thomas on the field.
The Jacksonville Jaguars sent wide receiver Mike Thomas to the Detroit Lions for a 2014 fifth-round draft pick on Tuesday. While the Jags would have liked to pick up a 2013 pick, as Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country points out, something is better than nothing. Crow says:
It doesn't really matter what the Jaguars got for Mike Thomas. They got something, and something is better than what they were getting on the field.
Thomas, a fourth-round pick of the Jags back in the 2009 NFL Draft, has been a disappointment since signing a five-year, $19 million contract last season. According to Crow, "After he signed the deal, Thomas' production seemingly fell off a cliff." This season, Thomas had 13 receptions for 80 yards in seven games.
Crow contends that it is likely Thomas would have been cut at the end of the season, so any draft pick they got for him was a bonus. Thomas had already lost his punt returning duties this season and was reported by some to be a problem in the locker room as well, so it was good to get rid of him when they could still get something.