Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas has been the subject of trade speculation ahead of the trade deadline on Tuesday this week. So after Cleveland’s 31-28 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, the veteran tackle spoke about the situation.
Speaking to reporters after the game, Thomas told them that he “would be surprised” if he was traded before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Although he said he thought it was unlikely, he added “but you never know,” after discussing the situation.
Just last week we reported that the Browns were considering a trade of the nine-time Pro Bowler and were seeking a second-round pick in return. The Browns emphatically responded to that report, with Hue Jackson exclaiming that the team would not trade Thomas this year.
Although the Browns have been outspoken about their desire to retain Thomas past this season, there is no denying that a trade makes sense. At this point Thomas, who turns 32-years-old next month, is still worth a significant amount to another team and should be able to fetch them a decent package in return.
In addition, the Browns certainly couldn’t play any worse without him. With Sunday’s loss, Cleveland moved their record to 0-8 and cemented their place in the cellar of the NFL. The loss also moved their record to 3-26 in their last 29 games.
So clearly a change, even if it meant moving Thomas, couldn’t be a bad thing for the winless Browns.