The Cleveland Browns appointed three new executives last January including Sashi Brown as the new executive vice president of football operations. During the annual NFL meetings, Brown was asked if trading Joe Thomas will be one of his first moves in the Browns’ rebuilding process.
“That’s not our plan at all. I know it’s been written about a lot. But that’s as simple as I can say it,” Brown told the media via ESPN.
But what if a team offered him a first-round draft pick for Joe Thomas? “Again, our plan is not to trade Joe Thomas. He’ll be our left tackle,” Brown answered.
The 31-year-old offensive tackle is one of the best at his position in the entire league. He’s a nine-time Pro Bowler and is the only offensive lineman to be selected in nine-straight seasons. He’s also been named to the All-Pro eight times in his career, six times for the first team and twice on the second team.
Thomas has been in Cleveland since being drafted third overall by the team in 2007. He has also expressed his desire to remain with the Browns and play for a new coach, Hue Jackson.
“Certainly I love the people in Cleveland. It’s my home. I love the city. I love everything about it. So I definitely want to be part of the turnaround,” Thomas told WKYC last January, per Ohio.com.
However, he was almost dealt with the Denver Broncos at last season’s trade deadline. The Broncos and Browns just failed to agree on compensation regarding the trade.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, teams including the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots could possibly trade for a player like Joe Thomas. Nevertheless, the new vice president noted that the team’s rebuilding process will not include players who can contribute.
“It’s not a scorched-earth policy or a policy just making decisions on a guy’s age. We want to look at who can contribute to us,” Brown said.
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