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Joe Thomas “definitely” wants to be part of Browns turnaround

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 3: Tackle Joe Thomas #73 and center Alex Mack #55 of the Cleveland Browns celebrate after defeating the Buffalo Bills during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bills 37-24. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Before the Browns hired Hue Jackson as the sixth head coach of his tenure in Cleveland, left tackle Joe Thomas expressed uncertainty about his future with the franchise.

Thomas was nearly traded to the Broncos before the trade deadline, something that he said left him thinking about playing for a different team for the first time in his career. Newly installed vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said last week that he’s spoken to Thomas about what the team plans to do to get on a winning track and that they want Thomas to be a “big piece” of those efforts, something that seems to have resonated with Thomas.

Thomas said Saturday that Jackson’s a “pretty awesome” choice as coach and that he’s not feeling the push to go somewhere else.

“Certainly I love the people in Cleveland,” Thomas said on WKYC, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “It’s my home. I love the city. I love everything about it. So I definitely want to be part of the turnaround.”

Assuming feelings don’t change on either side in the coming months, Thomas will be in his familiar spot on the Cleveland line for the 10th year in a row. We’ll see if Year 10 is the charm for that long-awaited turnaround.

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45 Responses to “Joe Thomas “definitely” wants to be part of Browns turnaround”
  1. bonniebengal says: Jan 24, 2016 8:49 AM

    Don’t underestimate Hue Jackson.

  2. drfeelyouup says: Jan 24, 2016 8:49 AM

    Sashi assured him that Manziel is gone. That was enough for Big Joe.

  3. theghostofottograham says: Jan 24, 2016 8:56 AM

    Say it’s so Joe…

  4. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 24, 2016 8:58 AM

    So he thinks he’ll still be playing sometime in the far future ?

  5. 13arod says: Jan 24, 2016 9:03 AM

    Turnaround and browns in same sentence haha

  6. pftbro says: Jan 24, 2016 9:06 AM

    Since adults are now running the team, the Browns need a QB and some WR’s to be relevant again. Horton will do his thing with the defense…

  7. ytownie says: Jan 24, 2016 9:13 AM

    Joe Thomas is nothing but class. I feel sorry for all the team turmoil he has been forced to play with in his career. If he had played on a winning team his legacy would have been assured. HOF for sure. Stay strong Joe.

  8. jayhawk6 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:17 AM

    Good for Joe Thomas. Every team in the NFL needs a guy like him.

  9. clbrwns says: Jan 24, 2016 9:19 AM

    That means we’ll trade him. I really like Joe but it might make sense to trade him. We’ve had a pro bowl LT for years and managed at best 7 wins in a year. We need more good players. Not just one great player.

  10. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 24, 2016 9:22 AM

    Nahhh, Joe. Make it northwest to Detroit. You’ll be happier ’cause you’ll be winning.

  11. alpo3744 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:23 AM

    By definitely he really means not at all

  12. 6ball says: Jan 24, 2016 9:29 AM

    .
    Almost every year I believe the Browns have at least enough talent to be 8-8. I’m always wrong.
    .

  13. realityonetwo says: Jan 24, 2016 9:30 AM

    I “definitely” wanted to win a billion dollars in Powerball.

  14. mmmpierogi says: Jan 24, 2016 9:32 AM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Jan 24, 2016 9:22 AM
    Nahhh, Joe. Make it northwest to Detroit. You’ll be happier ’cause you’ll be winning.

    *************************************************************************************

    By “winning,” you mean have two winning seasons over a 6-7 year period instead of no winning seasons. Huge improvement.

  15. FecalFreak69 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:40 AM

    Gotta wonder about a guy that’s content never winning anything at the pro level..wouldn’t want him just for that reason. Oh yeah and meanwhile eating up a ton of cap on a perpetually rebuilding team that needs alot of players, not just a fat and happy LT that doesn’t care if he ever wins anything, apparently

  16. mazenblue says: Jan 24, 2016 9:41 AM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Jan 24, 2016 9:22 AM
    Nahhh, Joe. Make it northwest to Detroit. You’ll be happier ’cause you’ll be winning.

    *************************************************************************************

    By “winning,” you mean have two winning seasons over a 6-7 year period instead of no winning seasons. Huge improvement.

    …………….

    Lions would destroy the Browns. It would be a sad day in Cleveland.

    Ya, stick with the Browns. They have a great rehabilitation turnover rate

  17. bonecrushinghits says: Jan 24, 2016 9:46 AM

    Pettine was a good coach, Hue is a better coach. I’d like to see this franchise not be a perennial gag reel, but I don’t think even Hue Jackson can fix that without divine intervention.

  18. NYCTourGuy (Bucs fan) says: Jan 24, 2016 9:47 AM

    Poor Joe reminds me of former Bucs LT Paul Gruber. The best player on a perennially terrible team.

    Thankfully, Gruber lasted long enough to make it for the first few years of Tony Dungy’s reign, so he experienced a few winning seasons before an injury forced his retirement during the 1999 season.

    I hope Thomas also gets to experience some success.

  19. rodge1 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:48 AM

    By ‘turnaround’ he must mean spinning in circles and becoming ‘turned around’.

  20. jbaxt says: Jan 24, 2016 9:48 AM

    Poor guy, will go on a long list of guys who were great but on average teams. The all century, non winning SB, players.

    QB-Marino/Rivers
    RB-Sanders
    WR-Johnson
    TE-Gonzalez
    T-Thomas
    G-Shields
    C-?

    DT-Suh
    DE-?
    MLB-Willis
    DB-Revis
    S-?

  21. Exiled1 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:57 AM

    I wonder how much being shackled to the Browns organization hurts Joe’s chances on being enshrined in Canton one day. I’ve always felt that if he were playing for a competent organization Thomas is a shoe in for the HOF.

  22. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 24, 2016 9:59 AM

    Should join the Seahawks if he wants a legit chance at winning. John Schneider will work his magic.

  23. deacon85 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:00 AM

    They should build a monument to this guy in Cleveland. That football team has been a disaster for years now, and they’ve demonstrated an amazing level of incompetence, but Thomas sticks with them through thick and thin. I don’t know if I could do that. Thomas is a class act.

  24. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Jan 24, 2016 10:49 AM

    If Joe Thomas retired today, he’d still be in canton. His accolades are off the chart and dwarf over half of those who get enshrined every year. The people on here who are even questioning that he may get in should stick to ESPN comment sections. I hold pft to higher standard for the more educated football fan.

  25. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 24, 2016 11:11 AM

    Dammit, Grigson, you traded a first-round pick for the wrong Brown (who was also picked third overall). Thomas and Costanza could have been an awesome bookend pair for Luck.

  26. pgolf3 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:15 AM

    OKAY Joe, pack your bags, because after you guys loose the 1st game of the season , you’ll be traded to a team that would actually give you a chance to play in the post season..Question is are you going to accept the trade or still be dumbfounded because of ‘potential in 4-5 yrs to win…
    jesus, get a clue …..

  27. cbass59 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:30 AM

    Yes, Joe is such an amazing person because he publicly stated he loves the city he lives in and wants his current team to win more. WOW! ESPN should do a 30 for 30 on this great news for Cleveland!!

    Yes, Joe is a very good player but he’s not going to win a SB in Cleveland. So Cleveland can either keep a great player while they rebuild again or trade for a 1st round draft pick who theoretically should be on the team if they ever make a SB.

  28. fanofpft says: Jan 24, 2016 11:44 AM

    Albert is good. But this guy has never missed a game. Wish they could swap.

  29. couchbasher says: Jan 24, 2016 12:14 PM

    HUE!!! GO BROWNS!!!!

    We might finally be on to something good for a change.

  30. bonniebengal says: Jan 24, 2016 12:23 PM

    I’m a Bengals fan, but I wish the Browns fans well. They have put up with a lot of crap for a long time, and I think the new Browns staff really have a good chance to build a winning team now as long as their owner gives them time to do it.

  31. clashpoint says: Jan 24, 2016 12:32 PM

    The last time the Browns made a real turnaround, they became the Ravens.

    Double burn :p

    Go Steelers!

  32. myworldurjuslivinit says: Jan 24, 2016 1:08 PM

    $ure he doe$…jus say’in

  33. raydahhs75 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:31 PM

    Turnaround? In Cleveland? Does the Realm of Possibility know about this???

  34. toybkshr says: Jan 24, 2016 1:34 PM

    I don’t think he’ll be able to play when he’s 50!

  35. cantonbound13 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:35 PM

    I’m not even a Cleveland fan & Id like to see them turn it around. Step 1: dump Johnny Clipboard.

  36. steelerfan63 says: Jan 24, 2016 2:03 PM

    Get out of town Joe while teams still want you. The mistake on the lake lives on. The rathole of a city cant even win a rigged NBA title.

  37. steelerdeathstar says: Jan 24, 2016 2:05 PM

    Well, as Don Quixote said in ‘Man Of La Mancha’…..”To dream, the impossible dream”!

  38. natijim235 says: Jan 24, 2016 2:24 PM

    From a bengal fan: Hue will make Browns relevant very soon. You got our best coach brown’s fans. Jackson will also get Cincy free agents to join him especially from talented rich Bengal WR. Marvin Jones and or Mohommad Sanu to start.

  39. carloswlassiter says: Jan 24, 2016 2:26 PM

    I really, really want to see this team succeed.

  40. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Jan 24, 2016 2:37 PM

    A lot of steelers fans on here today. Must be a boring day in West Virginia.

  41. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 24, 2016 2:40 PM

    mmmpierogi says:
    Jan 24, 2016 9:32 AM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Jan 24, 2016 9:22 AM
    Nahhh, Joe. Make it northwest to Detroit. You’ll be happier ’cause you’ll be winning.

    *************************************************************************************

    By “winning,” you mean have two winning seasons over a 6-7 year period instead of no winning seasons. Huge improvement.
    ______________________

    N0, by winning I mean winning. You’ll see.

  42. george1859 says: Jan 24, 2016 2:42 PM

    3-13 in 2016.

  43. oscarxray says: Jan 24, 2016 2:50 PM

    Joe Thomas is part of the losing culture and they need to trade him while he still has some value.He’s a non-vocal,lead by example guy and that’s a problem because no one steps up in his place to get on someone’s case.

    Somehow he’s been anointed as a first ballot HOFer and that may be but that’s only because the criteria for the HOF has been watered down with technicians instead of football players.

  44. flaccounibrow says: Jan 24, 2016 2:58 PM

    How many times have we heard this line from big Joe. Best holder in the league! Don’t hold your breath Joe.

  45. mmmpierogi says: Jan 24, 2016 6:48 PM

    senatorblutarsky says:
    Jan 24, 2016 2:40 PM
    ______________________

    N0, by winning I mean winning. You’ll see.

    **********************************************************************************

    I could see the Lions “winning” a new head coach going into the 2017 season. Beyond that, expectations aren’t too high.

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