Broncos team president and general manager John Elway said "three or four teams" had expressed interest.
"We were not hell bent on trading Demaryius, " Elway said.
"I think we've got a good chance to get Brian Peters back, Peter Kalambayi, I think we've got a good chance there relative to him from last game", O'Brien went on to say, adding that they also have the versatile Brennan Scarlett and Josh Keyes available to plug in.
According to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver, the Eagles, Patriots and Titans all made offers, but ultimately he was shipped to Houston in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick and the teams will swap seventh-rounders. Thomas has 36 receptions for 402 yards and three touchdowns in 2018, and is signed through next season at $14 million.
A trade has finally happened for the Houston Texans and they've not only improved their depth at wide receiver, but they've changed the entire game in the AFC for the remainder of the season. He has dealt with hamstring injuries, including one this season that caused him to miss a game.
The Texans have also had trouble keeping rookie receiver Keke Coutee on the field.
Overall, he produced 665 catches for 9,055 yards and 60 touchdowns for the Broncos - and was a key part of bringing another Super Bowl trophy to the Mile High City.