Joe Thomas says Browns told him they have no plans to trade him

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Few players have been linked to trade talks more often than Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, a veteran All-Pro whose career has been spent on a rebuilding team that never seems to rebuild. But despite the talk, it appears that Thomas will stay put.

Thomas told Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com that team officials have told him they have “no plans” to trade him.

Of course, plans can change, and just because the Browns have no such plans now, that doesn’t mean they won’t end up trading him if some team offers the right compensation. The 31-year-old Thomas has three seasons left on his contract, with a cap hit of $9.5 million this year and $10 million in both 2017 and 2018.

The Browns are in another rebuilding mode with another regime, and so it might make sense to deal one of the most valuable assets they inherited from the old regime. But for now, it doesn’t appear that such a trade will take place.