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Vikings Won’t Pursue Trade For Browns LT Joe Thomas

Following the news that the Vikings placed LT Matt Kalil on injured reserve with a hip injury, some wondered if Minnesota could be a trade partner for Brown LT Joe Thomas.

Unfortunately, Ian Rapoport reports that this isn’t an option for the Vikings, who value draft picks too much to trade for Thomas.

The idea makes sense when you consider that the Vikings’ offensive line has been struggling mightily this season and the Browns aren’t going to be competing for a playoff spot this year.

Adding a solid left tackle like Thomas could really help the Vikings’ offense and help to ensure Sam Bradford doesn’t continue to take a beating from opposing defenses this year.

Thomas has come up in trade rumors over the past year or so. In fact, he was nearly traded to the Broncos last year, but the two sides couldn’t reach an agreement on compensation.

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 both games for the Browns and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 13 offensive tackle out of 66 qualifying players.