The Cleveland Browns nearly traded Joe Thomas to the Denver Broncos a season ago. NBC’s Mike Florio reports the Browns are once again engaged in trade talks regarding the talented offensive lineman.
The Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, and Seattle Seahawks have all expressed “varying degrees” of interest in Thomas, according to Florio. NBC reports that the Browns are requesting a second-round pick in return form the former No. 3 overall pick.
Florio reports the Minnesota Vikings are extremely interested in adding Thomas to protect Sam Bradford. But, the having already used a first-round pick and other assets to acquire the quarterback from the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota has few remaining draft picks it would be willing to part with and inadequate cap space to take on Thomas as well.
Perhaps the New England Patriots, struggling with offensive line depth of their own—the Patriots are carrying only 8 offensive lineman on their 53-man roster, the fewest of any team in the NFL.
Per Florio: “If a deal happens, it likely would come at the deadline, after the Browns pay Thomas another $488,000 for Week Eight. And if the Browns opt for a take-what-they-can-get fire sale for Thomas, the Patriots would be interested in providing the landing spot.”
The situation is certainly one to monitor.