With the NFL tradeline being moved to Thursday evening thanks to Hurricane Sandy, teams around the league were given more time to discuss potential trade options.
Two teams — the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions — have taken advantage of the additional 48 hours and have agreed to a deal. The Jaguars will ship slot wide receiver/punt returner Mike Thomas to the Lions. Thomas heads to Detroit with compensation of an undisclosed draft pick.
The news came via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2012
It is the first of a handful of trades that could happen before Thursday’s extended deadline.
Thomas become a disposable part of the Jaguars offense with the recent emergence of Cecil Shorts. Shorts has established himself as a true weapon for the Jaguars and should help the offense move forward without Thomas.
On the season, Shorts has twenty catches for 400 yards and three touchdowns.
UPDATE: The Lions parted ways with a 2014 fifth-round pick in exchange for Thomas. Per NFL insider Jason La Canfora, the Lions will be looking to make more moves before the NFL trade deadline passes on Thursday afternoon.