DETROIT (97.1 THE TICKET/AP)– The Detroit Lions have traded for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas Tuesday for an undisclosed draft pick CBSSports.com is reporting.
Thomas signed a three-year extension worth $18 million last October. The deal includes $9 million guaranteed.
The trade makes sense for both sides.
The Lions (3-4) lost receiver Nate Burleson for the season last week, so Thomas gives them depth behind Calvin Johnson, Titus Young and rookie Ryan Broyles.
And the Jaguars (1-6) get a draft pick for a player who clearly has fallen out of favor with a new coaching staff. First-round draft pick Justin Blackmon and second-year pro Cecil Shorts III passed Thomas on the depth chart, and the Jaguars recently stripped him of his role as punt returner.
Thomas has 13 catches for 80 yards and no touchdowns in seven games this season.
Thomas was drafted by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona.
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