The Browns fired their coach and General Manager on Sunday while their 2014 first-round quarterback skipped a meeting with the team’s medical staff about his concussion amid reports that he was in Las Vegas instead.
In other words, it was pretty much business as usual for a franchise that has been a wreck since returning to the league in 1999. Left tackle Joe Thomas has been a member of the team since 2007 and isn’t sure that he wants another spin on the carousel.
Thomas showed support for former coach Mike Pettine late in the season and said Sunday that he’d never given much thought to leaving Cleveland before nearly being traded to the Broncos at the trading deadline this season. He admitted he’s been thinking about where he wants to be and that “it becomes harder to swallow” the endless losing as he gets closer to the end of his career.
“I didn’t think too much of it at the time of the horseshoe and hand grenade trade, but when you come to the end of the season, you certainly start thinking about it,” Thomas said, via the Lorain County Chronicle-Telegram. “I don’t know what will happen. I’m not saying yes. I’m not saying no. … I was always wanting to be here and be part of the turnaround, but when there’s changes in the front office and changes in the coaching staff, they may want to go younger — they may not want me. Maybe when we find out what happens, there will be more certainty with the direction the team wants to go and the direction that my career is going to go.”
Trading Thomas would not leave the Browns with any dead money under their cap and would bring back some draft picks that the next regime could use in an attempt to make more positive end of the season headlines. Any call on that will wait until there actually is a next regime in place, but it could be something to watch once teams can start making personnel moves this offseason.