Jets WR Demaryius Thomas didn't hold back in a New York Daily News article when he said he felt slighted by the Patriots, who traded him to New York just days after Antonio Brown signed with New England.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was the one who broke the news to Thomas that he was being traded to the team's division rival. But Belichick was also the one that said a roster spot with the Pats was guaranteed when Thomas decided to re-sign with the club after being cut from their 53-man roster just before the start of the regular season.
Belichick spoke to that report, and was blunt in his answer -- just like he was with Thomas.
"Look, Demaryius is a great kid, I have a ton of respect for him, he's very professional and did everything we asked him to do," Belichick told reporters on Thursday. "Our circumstances changed a couple times in that period leading up to when he was traded. I felt like I was always truthful with him, but things changed and therefore, what I said was not the same as what I'd said previously. It is what it is."
As he always does, Belichick tells it like it is. The Patriots saw an opportunity to add one of the league's most prolific wide receivers, and Thomas -- dealing with a hamstring injury at the time -- had to be the casualty.
Still, Thomas didn't see it as right for the Pats to trade him out of the blue after making him the roster promise.
"It was insulting, for sure," Thomas said. "Once I got cut, I could have just come here and not stayed there and re-sign. When they re-signed me, I was thinking that I was good. Two weeks later, I was gone. So, it's like, 'Why did I waste my time?' Because at the end of the day, it was kind of a waste of time for me."
Now with the Jets, Thomas said he is "happy to be back with [head coach] Adam [Gase]," and he is already making an impact. He had 62 yards on four catches last week in the win over the Cowboys.
Thomas will get to face the Patriots on Monday night, so maybe a little revenge against Belichick is in store. He did show respect to the Pats, though.
"Coach [Belichick] came up to me and was like, 'Uh, we got too many guys. We can't get the ball around enough and we're going to trade you to the Jets,'" Thomas said. "And that was that. ... Ain't no reason to yell. They've won championships without me. I was only trying to be a part of something that was going to be good when I was there ... They're doing a hell of a job."