Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports contending teams are assessing what it could take to trade for Browns LT Joe Thomas.
According to La Canfora, rival executives believe the Browns could make Thomas available if the price is right. As of now, the Browns are winless and already on their third quarterbacks, so it could make sense to part with Thomas for draft picks that can aid their rebuild.
Interestingly enough, La Canfora says that the Browns turned down an offer from the Broncos last year that would have sent OLB Shane Ray and a second-round pick to Cleveland in return for Thomas.
La Canfora has spoken to some executives who believe a contender in the market for left tackle help could offer a first-round pick for Thomas. La Canfora specifically mentions the Seahawks, Cardinals and Panthers as a few teams that could make sense for Thomas.
It’s worth mentioning that Thomas is owed roughly $4 million for the remainder of the 2016 season, so this is an important consideration for any potential trade.
Thomas, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Browns back in 2007. He’s currently in the sixth year of his eight-year, $92 million contract that included $44 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $8.3 million for the 2016 season.
This season, Thomas has appeared in three games for the Browns and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 10 offensive tackle out of 74 qualifying players.