Joe Thomas, the Cleveland Browns offensive tackle, has been involved in a myriad of trade rumors for the better part of the year. And it seems like the Minnesota Vikings are the latest team linked to the nine-time Pro Bowler.
Last season, the Browns and Broncos engaged in trade talks for Thomas in a reported deal that would have sent a first-round draft pick to Cleveland in exchange for the veteran lineman.
The Thomas trade rumors have resurfaced since Hue Jackson took charge of the Browns. The new Cleveland coach has made no bones about it, he wishes to lead a youth movement.
According to this report, if the Browns, who have begun the new season with a 0-3 record, don’t maintain a winning record by October, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Thomas would be traded.
Thomas, who is under contract until the end of the 2017-18 NFL season, could be traded to either the Seattle Seahawks or the Vikings, according to several sources.
Mitch Levy, a radio host in Seattle, has reported that the Browns won’t hesitate to trade Thomas by October.
Joe Thomas: Vikings make sense?
With LT Matt Kalil reportedly out of the season with a hip injury, it makes perfect sense for the Vikings to pursue Joe Thomas.
However, NFL insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Vikings are hesitant to part with their draft picks and battery of young players.
Many experts feel the Vikings have the best young roster in the league and could be a legitimate championship contender by 2018. Would it be a wise move to part with all that talent for a player like Thomas, who is entering the final phase of his career?
The Browns have already entered a new era this season. Due to various injuries, they are starting two new linemen. Could they afford losing Joe Thomas, too?
Joe Thomas is the only offensive lineman in NFL history to be selected to nine consecutive Pro Bowls to start his career. But maybe his tenure in Cleveland is drawing to a close.