Browns players, fans wait for the next trade

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At a time when many believe the Browns are waiting for next year, some are waiting for the next shoe.

It’s clear that the Browns are willing to trade current players in order to improve in the future, exhibiting the kind of fire-sale mentality that the league’s fairly early trade deadline discourages.

But the Browns have five more weeks to make moves, and many are wondering who else could go.

On Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, Peter King of TheMMQB.com suggested that, if the Broncos struggle to replace left tackle Ryan Clady, a run could be made at Joe Thomas.  (The Seahawks, who suddenly don’t have Russell Okung for at least eight weeks, could be interested, too.)

But that would be a very tough sell in Cleveland.  With arguably the best offensive player already gone, trading arguably the best remaining offensive player could prompt a torches-and-pitchforks assault on the Factory of Sadness.

Receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little could be available, if anyone wants them.  The problem for the Browns is that, by trading one, they’ll have to trust the other. And they know they can’t trust either.

Other possible candidates to be traded out of Cleveland include quarterback Brandon Weeden (if/when he’s healthy and if Brian Hoyer or Jason Campbell step up), tackle Mitchell Schwartz, and defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin.

Some players will be untouchable, starting with the players signed or drafted by the new regime.  Cornerback Joe Haden, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, and defensive tackle Phil Taylor are old-management hires who likely aren’t going anywhere soon.

Browns fans may not like it, but new ownership wants to build a consistent contender.  If that happens, all those Browns fans who currently are complaining about the notion that the team is mailing it in for 2013 will soon be mailing in their checks for season tickets.

28 responses to “Browns players, fans wait for the next trade

  1. Now admittedly I haven’t watched Browns football much since the days that Derek Anderson, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow made us say “wow, they’re doing some good things!” But Joe Thomas has been as relevant and consistent (and more HEALTHY) as anybody vying for recognition as the best LT in football since he came in 2007. Clady was just paid, and Okung is getting paid too. Thomas is a little too lavish – and arguably better, if health is factored in – than either of these guys.

    Jacksonville and KC are going to get calls about their older LTs before anybody pays Thomas’ price tag.

  2. All the ‘planning’ for the future might be more bearable for Browns fans, if all the previous ‘planning’ hadn’t resulted in one of the NFLs worst teams for over a decade.

  3. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love Thomas on the Hawks. But he has alot of years remaining at 10+ million cap hit. I don’t think we can afford him, especially with all the young guys we have to resign. Our offensive line has been looking pretty bad though.

  4. Weeden, Richardson, and Rubin I get. Rb’s are a dime a dozen, Weeden sucks, but if they trade their perennial pro-bowler then I’m done, great LT’s are hard to come by and would be the worst move ever

  5. why aren’t the Jags doing the same thing?Trade MJD while you still can!And while we are at it the Raiders should trade McFadden!The suck for Clowney and Bridgewater sweepstakes is in full gear!!!

  6. Joe Thomas isn’t going anywhere. The defense will stay intact also.
    Look, the Browns front office isn’t stupid. They’ll keep the proven players that they can build on. (There are a few.) They will however dump any of the many borderline players that they can get draft picks for. The BIG question is can they make good choices with the draft picks? Time will tell. For now, it’s going to be a long season. 4-12 will look good by the end of the year.

  7. I’d venture to say a young team that is ready to make a push that’s struggled at or lost their franchise LT might be more interested than the teams that have an injured LT. Detroit, Chicago, Miami could all have interest in Thomas short and long term.

  8. I doubt Joe Thomas will be traded. He’s too valuable, and he’s still reasonably young. Trading Rubin wouldn’t be popular, as he’s a good player, but the Browns have a deep, young D-line, so trading him could be justified.

    What really scares us Browns fans is not the threat of another trade, but the idea that we’re back at Square One again, with zero evidence of progress on the field. Shouldn’t all of these moves add up to, you know, an occasional game in which the Browns score more points than the other team? I think that’s called a “win,” if my memory extends back that far. We’ve endured double-digit losses for five straight seasons, and now we’re going to do it again this year? When exactly is the hurting going to stop?

  9. How is this team going to win a Super Bowl with Joe Thomas? By letting him rot for another 5 years while they get their act together? Win with him or trade him, there’s no other play that makes sense.

  10. Hey padraighansen? Tell you what we will give you as much as I hate to get rid of Joe but Joe Thomas for Aaron Rodgers, heck I might throw Weeden in too. At least will have our QB of the future…Now that is a blockbuster trade!!!!!

  11. My team , the Dolphins was in a similar situation as recently as two years ago , and did a lot of the same things the Browns are doing now (although Miami still has some holes to fill). The approach does make sense , but due to the scarcity of stud LT’s and Thomas’ cap hit , trading him would probably not be in the cards.

  12. The Browns offensive line has enough problems on the right side. That’s one of the reasons why the Brandon Weeden Experiment has ended so ignominiously, and why Trent Richardson never got anything going in Cleveland. Why would they want to go getting rid of the guy who has the left side locked down?

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