However, Thomas is reportedly viewed as “virtually untouchable” by the Browns, which explains why there wasn’t any buzz regarding the idea before this.
Cabot mentions that “it would take a ton” to get the Browns part ways with Thomas, as he’s scheduled to make reasonable base salary of around $8.8 million per year over the remainder of his contract.
In the event that some team offered the Browns a deal they just couldn’t refuse for Thomas, Cabot could see left guard Joel Bitonio moving over to left tackle to replace him.
Thomas, 30, has four-years remaining on his eight-year, $92 million contract that included $44 million guaranteed. His base salaries will be $8.8 million (2015), $8.3 million (2016), $8.8 million (2017), and $8.8 million (2018) over the remainder of the agreement.
For what it’s worth, the Browns would free up $9 million in available cap space while creating $1.2 in dead money by trading Thomas, according to OverTheCap.com.
Last year, Thomas has never missed a game in his NFL career while playing at a phenomenally high level. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle out of 76 qualifying players.