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Trade winds blow regarding Joe Thomas . . . again

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A year after the Browns nearly traded tackle Joe Thomas to the Broncos (unless they didn’t), the question of whether the long-time fixture on the team’s offensive line will be shipped to a contender will once again land in the middle of the league’s radar screen.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, a trade is possible this year. However, real obstacles exist to getting a deal done.

The Vikings, for example, would be very interested in Thomas. However, with a first-round pick and more already shipped to the Eagles for quarterback Sam Bradford and little cap space remaining, it’s a long shot that he’d go to Minnesota. The Cardinals, Giants, and Seahawks have varying degrees of interest in Thomas as well; the challenge would be coming up with what the Browns want (the source says it’s a second-round pick) and the cap space.

If a deal happens, it likely would come at the deadline, after the Browns pay Thomas another $488,000 for Week Eight. And if the Browns opt for a take-what-they-can-get fire sale for Thomas, the Patriots would be interested in providing the landing spot.

Ultimately, the Browns could simply decide to keep Thomas for the rest of the year and then trade Thomas after the season ends and before the draft.

The chances of a trade happening this year currently are regarded as smaller than the chances of a trade were a year ago. With the Browns skewing younger and determined to stockpile draft picks, an eventual trade of Thomas would hardly be regarded as surprising.

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46 Responses to “Trade winds blow regarding Joe Thomas . . . again”
  1. learysdisciples says: Oct 23, 2016 7:28 PM

    What about the TV ratings?

  2. ak18346 says: Oct 23, 2016 7:30 PM

    would like to see him with the Panthers don’t think it will happen but nice to dream

  3. brownstown6586 says: Oct 23, 2016 7:31 PM

    Always loved Joe Thomas and would hate to see him go for selfish reasons, but he deserves a chance to win. Out of respect to him I hope he gets traded to a winner. He’s earned it.

  4. marcmillz1 says: Oct 23, 2016 7:31 PM

    He deserves to win. This is ridiculous for a standup guy like JT. If you’re a real fan, you’d want him to achieve playoffs and possible super bowl!

  5. learysdisciples says: Oct 23, 2016 7:32 PM

    Unless nobody cares about the TV ratings (which they don’t). See what we did there (twice)?

  6. itssocoldinthed says: Oct 23, 2016 7:33 PM

    Of all the players stuck in bad franchises deserving of a championship run, it’s this guy.

  7. exinsidetrader says: Oct 23, 2016 7:34 PM

    The real wages of Americans have not increased in 40 years and the Browns have stunk for a near similar period. Time to do something new and do opposite of what is done in the past that is not working for people in Cleveland.

    Browns need to set Joe free and get back the most they can. They don’t have the QB yet to win so why pretend.

  8. dietrich43 says: Oct 23, 2016 7:34 PM

    He would be great in Pittsburgh

  9. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Oct 23, 2016 7:35 PM

    Dear John Schneider,

    Get on the horn with Cleveland NOW!

  10. realfootballfan says: Oct 23, 2016 7:37 PM

    They need to trade him, not because he’s a good player on a bad team, but he’s like already over 30. By the time this time this team gets fixed if ever, he’ll be way over the hill.

  11. ad28bestever says: Oct 23, 2016 7:42 PM

    Yeah Florio, because teams can’t give up a draft pick for the following year right? 🙄

  12. FlashPatterson says: Oct 23, 2016 7:48 PM

    I’d be pretty stoked to get him on the Vikings. We have the worst o-line in the league easily.

  13. dejadoh says: Oct 23, 2016 7:49 PM

    Send him to the Raiders.

  14. nufcedmcgreevey says: Oct 23, 2016 7:52 PM

    No second rounder or a 30 plus OL with a large cap hit. They’ll be lucky to get a 4th rounder.

  15. pastabelly says: Oct 23, 2016 7:53 PM

    Garoppolo for Thomas, Kessler, and Cleveland’s 2nd round pick.

  16. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 23, 2016 7:53 PM

    Didn’t this guy cry like a baby when Cleveland wanted to trade him? Suck it up and take your losses you man child.

  17. vikingprideforever says: Oct 23, 2016 7:54 PM

    I don’t think there is any way the Vikings can make it happen but I’ll keep dreaming in my purple world.

  18. wendyohno says: Oct 23, 2016 7:57 PM

    How old is this fart?

  19. mrclaytonbigsby says: Oct 23, 2016 7:58 PM


  20. brandonisme says: Oct 23, 2016 8:07 PM

    Pretty sure the vikings are all in this year… And after watching them play today with their “Soft” offensive line… What’s a fourth rounder.. We are 5 and 1 we are still in control.. FIND AWAY TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN.. zero cap space.. Time to earn your money and Excell at your job..

  21. silverhat78 says: Oct 23, 2016 8:13 PM

    Cue the “your team” on line one stupid comments

  22. afourthlombardiforthehaters says: Oct 23, 2016 8:28 PM

    Send em a 2nd rounder and restructure his contract & get his assistant to new England

    Stol.playing get Brady some solid protection belichick

  23. kowboydmac says: Oct 23, 2016 8:37 PM

    Vikings trade the 2018 1st and 2017 second please.
    We needed a player like Thomas today.

  24. 6ball says: Oct 23, 2016 8:42 PM

    The Browns don’t have many wins, but they are playing hard with a bunch of first and second year guys. They have to have some veteran leadership to keep things on track.

  25. bluecat013 says: Oct 23, 2016 8:59 PM

    The offensive line is one of the reasons they can’t keep a QB healthy, why on earth would they get rid of one of the better linemen in the league? You can’t evaluate anyone if they’re always running for their lives and end up staring at the sky. They’re close enough to winning a couple of games that it’s worth it to keep him. Without him, they get at least three more guys sent to IR.

  26. cribbage12 says: Oct 23, 2016 9:13 PM

    Funny how brilliant Vikes fans would think of Spieladope over signing another team’s draft pick yet again. The line has zero depth, zero starters really, and Ricky Tick is brilliant for signing those studs Boone and Smith. #letskeepRickinMinny

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 23, 2016 9:18 PM

    Would love to see him in a Pats uni to shore up the line this year.

    I think Belichick might give up the 2nd but don’t know if the Pats can fit him under their cap.

  28. jm91rs says: Oct 23, 2016 9:24 PM

    How long does Joe Thomas have left on his deal? Would aj mcarron plus a late pick get it done? The bengals need line help badly, and hue likes to trade with them. Shift Obuehi into guard, and one of the guards into center.
    My gusss though is that the money ball guys are looking to lose out this year for the draft pick and getting a qb that might help this year would hurt that strategy

  29. firerogergoodell says: Oct 23, 2016 9:32 PM

    The Vikings should offer them Matt Kalil and a 2nd round pick. Gives the Browns their asking price and fixes the cap space problem.

  30. jago3825 says: Oct 23, 2016 9:47 PM

    Rick needs to figure out a way to make this happen. The trade we made to get Bradford has us committed to being all in this year. Otherwise making that trade for Bradford makes no sense. If we are truly all in, then we need to do whatever it takes to get Thomas. I’d offer a second and third round pick for 2017 to get the trade done. But that doesn’t fix the cap issues. We’d need to probably extend AP or trade him or Kalil to make the cap work. Extremely difficult. But not impossible. Come On Rick… find a way to make this happen!

  31. imodan says: Oct 23, 2016 10:06 PM

    silverhat78 says:
    Oct 23, 2016 8:13 PM

    Cue the “your team” on line one stupid comments
    Congratulations! You’re the first and only one to use that line. What’s that say about you?

  32. kneedragr says: Oct 23, 2016 10:43 PM

    Skins might go after him, Trent Williams just blew out his knee.

  33. stampnhawk says: Oct 23, 2016 11:19 PM

    Seahawks need one desperately.

  34. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Oct 23, 2016 11:56 PM

    Buyer beware. This guy is a clubhouse cancer. If you want a player that doesnt like to practice, gets burned left and right by elite pass rushers, and commits a false start or holding penalty in curucial moments by all means trade for him.

    Dont say i didnt warn you

  35. mnfaninil says: Oct 24, 2016 12:07 AM

    The Vikes are stuck with this horrible line for the rest of the season. After today’s game its pretty clear Bradford more than likely will not make it through the rest of the season. Our OT situation is probably the worst in the NFL in the past 20 years. Norv better figure this out or we’ll be seeing a lot more low scoring losses the rest of the way. The most telling thing today for me was still no Treadwell. 10 other rookie WR’s are playing significant minutes and on a team scraping the barrel at WR, he can’t make it on the field. Good news is they get the Bears 3rd string QB, but we’ll make their defense look pretty good.

  36. shoesfinest says: Oct 24, 2016 12:20 AM

    Send him to the Bengals for AJ McCarron.

  37. taintedsaints2009 says: Oct 24, 2016 12:34 AM

    Strange how the best teams in the league are all in need of a left tackle upgrade.

  38. kissbillsrings says: Oct 24, 2016 12:51 AM

    Garopollo for Thomas, their 1st, Kessler, & the rights to Josh Gordon

  39. snakeplizkn says: Oct 24, 2016 2:46 AM

    “Skins might go after him, Trent Williams just blew out his knee.”

    He wants to play for a contender, not Dan Snyder’s dumpster fire.

  40. ohand16 says: Oct 24, 2016 6:05 AM

    Well it sounds like the trade winds have something in common with the Buffalo Bills …

  41. officialgame says: Oct 24, 2016 6:17 AM

    This isn’t baseball where you come in mid stream, sign a 20 game winner and he leads you to a championship. These are two older declining tackles, who are over paid and might not even fit your system. Other sports don’t have a hard CAP, football does and some of the teams mentioned in this article don’t have the space.

  42. whatjusthapped says: Oct 24, 2016 8:35 AM

    IF he is traded at all, they should trade him to a Superbowl contender and that eliminates the hapless Vikings right off the bat.

  43. filthymcnasty3 says: Oct 24, 2016 9:36 AM

    The Vikings O-line is the most expensive collection of lifeless carcasses in history.

  44. truthbetold109 says: Oct 24, 2016 10:47 AM

    Thomas has said he would like to go to Green Bay and play in front of his home state for the team he allows rooted for.
    I hope he gets his chance. Odd are he would block a trade to the Vikings.

  45. vikesfansteve says: Oct 24, 2016 10:57 AM

    Cleveland will ask for too much and it won’t happen.

  46. footbawfan says: Oct 24, 2016 3:10 PM

    Interesting thought Thomas to the vikes……but can he throw?!?!?!

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