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Week 17 Outlook
Julius Thomas being traded to Miami for draft pick
The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade tight end Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins for a late-round draft pick in 2017. Per league rules, the trade cannot be made official until March 9, the start of the new league year.
Thomas had his best statistical years as a pro when he played for his new head coach, Adam Gase, during his tenure as Denver's offensive coordinator from 2013-2014. During the two-year span, Thomas accumulated a 108-1,277-24 stat line while appearing in 27 games. If he can keep his health intact, Thomas should once again thrive while playing in Gase's system. For Jordan Cameron, his time in Miami will likely come to an end in the wake of Thomas's acquisition.
Julius Thomas has been traded to the Miami Dolphins
TE Julius Thomas has been traded to the Miami Dolphins. The official deal has not been finalized yet, per league rules, but it figures to involve tackle Branden Albert.
After an underwhelming two-seasons in Jacksonville, Julius Thomas will take his talents to Miami. The Dolphins figure to use Thomas much more in their offensive scheme as Adam Gase is known to utilize his TE. Thomas' best stint has been when he was working under Gase when he was the OC in Denver. Expect Thomas to get a major bump in the fantasy rankings for 2017. Thomas finished 2016 with 30 receptions, 281 yards, and four touchdowns on 51 targets.
Julius Thomas expected to be traded to Dolphins
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to trade tight end Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins for offensive lineman Branden Albert.
This had been speculated on last week, and where there is this much smoke there is typically fire. It makes sense for both teams, as neither wants the player they currently have. Obviously, the biggest fantasy impact is to Julius Thomas, but whether this trade would be good or bad for him remains to be seen. Regardless, this trade can't become official until March 9th.
Julius Thomas expected to be released this offseason
ESPN's Mike DiRocco believes the Jacksonville Jaguars will part ways with tight end Julius Thomas this offseason.
Thomas was once regarded a top five tight end in the NFL. However, since signing with the Jaguars in 2015, he could not remain healthy. Thomas battled injuries during his two-year tenure in Jacksonville -- only playing in 21 of a potential 32 regular season games. He'll likely be heavily pursued in the offseason by tight end-needy teams that include the Jets and the Cardinals. However, don't count the Patriots out of the Thomas sweepstakes if he is ultimately released. Rob Gronkowski underwent his third back surgery of his professional career in 2016 and could be transitioned into a role player to better maintain his health. With Martellus Bennett an impending free agent, the Patriots do, in fact, have a need at tight end, especially with Gronkowski's health in question moving forward.
Julius Thomas placed on injured reserve
The Jacksonville Jaguars placed tight end Julius Thomas (back) on the injured reserve list Saturday.
It was expected that the Jaguars were going to place Thomas on IR, and on Saturday, they did - ending his season. He's been suffering from a back injury and hasn't played since Week 11. Plus, with Jacksonville out of playoff contention, it made sense to shut the once prominent tight end down for the rest of the way. He'll finish 2016 with 30 receptions, 281 yards receiving and four touchdowns while appearing in nine contests. They are his lowest totals since 2012, in which he failed to catch a single pass in four games with Denver.
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