Cleveland Browns star Joe Thomas is one of the best left tackles in the NFL, but don’t expect him to change teams before the Nov. 1 trade deadline.
He will not request a trade out of Cleveland, a source told ESPN’s Pat McManamon.
There probably would be several teams interested in Thomas if the Browns actively shopped him. The Carolina Panthers, for example, have dealt with pass protection issues all season, and quarterback Cam Newton has taken many punishing hits as a result. The Cincinnati Bengals are another playoff-caliber team that’s allowed a ton of sacks.
The Browns have yet to win a game through five weeks despite playing competitively in several of those contests. They were blown out 33-13 by the New England Patriots last week.
Thomas, 31, was the third overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The former University of Wisconsin star has played his entire career for the Browns.
He’s questionable for Cleveland’s Week 6 game on the road against the Tennessee Titans because of a knee injury.
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Thumbnail photo via Oct 9, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas (73) before the game against the New England Patriots at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Patriots won 33-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports