However, La Canfora says that teams believe the Browns and 49ers are seeking greater compensation than what the market will currently bear for either player. The possibility exists that their asking price could drop in days leading up to Tuesday’s deadline.
La Canfora lists the Seahawks, Cardinals, Broncos and Giants as a few teams worth keeping an eye on in regards to available left tackles.
Earlier this week, Jason Cole of B/R, citing two NFL sources, reports that the Seahawks, Vikings and Colts are looking for offensive line help ahead of the upcoming deadline.
Cole added that it remains unclear whether any of these teams are going to be willing to part with at least a second-round pick for either Thomas or Staley.
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 seven games for the Browns and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 8 offensive tackle out of 75 qualifying players.
Staley, 32, is a former first-round pick of the 49ers back in 2007. He’s currently in the third year of his six-year, $52.45 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $5.4 million for the 2016 season.
This year, Staley has appeared in seven games for the 49ers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 out of 75 qualifying players.
The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday and all deals will need to be agreed to and submitted to the league office before 4pm EST.
We’ll have more regarding these teams and possible trades as the news is available.