Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that two teams have been exploring a potential trade for Browns Pro Bowl LT Joe Thomas.
However, Florio adds that there is still no indication that a trade will be finalized or that “tangible trade talks will happen” ahead of the upcoming deadline.
Florio does, however, reiterated that the Browns are looking for a second-round pick in return for Thomas and teams to watch could include the Giants, Seahawks, Cardinals, Vikings and possibly the Patriots.
Earlier in the week, Jason Cole of B/R has spoken to multiple NFL GMs who believe the Browns will be willing to trade Thomas ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
The GMs who spoke with Cole believe Browns CP Sashi Brown will eventually trade him. According to Cole, Brown made multiple calls last year to teams about a deal involving Thomas and should they get decent value him for him, the expectation is that he could be moved.
According to Florio, Thomas is owed $4.39 million over the remainder of the season.
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.
We’ll have more regarding a potential trade involving Thomas as the news is available.