Joe Thomas has spent his entire career with the Cleveland Browns, but that could come to an end soon.
For most of his tenure, Thomas has been Cleveland's best player, at any position. He's a nine-time Pro Bowler, six-time First-Team All-Pro, and two-time Second-Team All-Pro. But, with Cleveland toiling away once again, it might be time for the veteran to move on.
By the time the Browns can possibly contend again, Thomas will be well beyond his prime. As Cleveland's top asset, the Browns have involved Thomas in trade talks over the last two seasons. So far, nothing has stuck.
This year could be different, though. Offensive line play has reached a new low, and a number of contenders are scrambling to improve their fronts. Adding one of the best tackles in the game would be a real difference-maker.
Head coach Hue Jackson is adamant that the Browns will not trade Thomas, but that hasn't stopped Joe from listening to the rumors. From Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com:
Browns Joe Thomas admitted he “wouldn't be shocked” if he were traded anyway. “Nothing surprises me in the NFL.”
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks have both been mentioned in trade rumors connected to Thomas. Joe believes he was nearly shipped to Denver last season, but the deal ultimately fell apart.
The team hasn't personally told Thomas that he won't be traded away, but he appreciates Jackson's public approach to the matter:
#Browns Joe Thomas on Hue saying they won't trade him: "Feels good to be loved. I'm hoping they stick to their word."
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) October 26, 2016