De’Anthony Thomas returns to Kansas City Chiefs

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas /

The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed offensive weapon De’Anthony Thomas and made room for him by releasing wide receiver Davon Grayson.

A familiar face is back, once again, in Kansas City. On Tuesday, the Chiefs announced a series of roster moves that included releasing wide receiver Davon Grayson and re-signing veteran wide receiver/returner De’Anthony Thomas.

The move to bring back Thomas is a very interesting one given the makeup of the current roster. Marcus Kemp was lost for the season due to a torn ACL and MCL and was placed on injured reserve. In his absence, the Chiefs lose a reliable special teams player as well as someone who was emerging as a pass catcher on offense. While the Chiefs have other options, there’s little doubt that DAT can step in and serve that role immediately.

Thomas has been called the toughest player pound for pound on the team by Dave Toub in recent years and it’s no secret that the Chiefs special teams coach is a big fan of Thomas. In addition, Thomas gives the Chiefs another return option and a veteran who knows Andy Reid‘s offense both out of the backfield and as a wideout.

Thomas was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of marijuana possession, which means that an NFL suspension could affect his availability entering the season. That much has not been addressed as of yet—if there’s even a punishment coming at all.

Davon Grayson had been with the Chiefs in multiple stints and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Grayson returns at some point down the road due to injury or otherwise on the practice squad.

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Thomas was limited to only five games last year due to a leg fracture. Still only 26, Thomas is not yet guaranteed a spot on the Chiefs active roster, but if he’s healthy, he’s got a legitimate chance of making it despite the late signing.