Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is famous for saying that the draft and free agent signing period is never the finish line when it comes to improving the roster.
Those words rang true Tuesday when Mayhew took advantage of the extended trade deadline to make a deal for Jaguars receiver Mike Thomas, per a league source.
The Lions do not officially announce acquisitions until the player has passed a physical. Terms of the deal are unknown.
The Jaguars drafted Thomas in the fourth round in 2009 out of Arizona. He’s started 31 games in four seasons with 171 career catches for 1,768 yards and six touchdowns.
He's a versatile receiver, who can play both the slot and outside. He caught 48, 66 and 44 passes in his first three seasons in the league. He has 13 receptions in a poor Jaguars offense so far this season.
Thomas has been the Jaguars' primary punt returner the past four seasons. He averaged better than 10 yards per return, including a 78-yard touchdown, in 2010.
The team released cornerback Justin Miller to make room for Thomas on the 53-man roster.