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Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension

Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:09 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 9:26 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

We don't know if Titans running back Chris Johnson will point to this as more evidence he deserves to be the NFL's highest-paid player, but either way, the Browns have signed left tackle and 2007 first-round pick Joe Thomas to a seven-year, $84 million extension that reportedly includes $44 million in guarantees, a league source tells the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.

Thomas has been one of the Browns' most consistent players since the team returned to Cleveland in 1999, and he is the cornerstone of an offense that finally appears to have a quarterback in Colt McCoy. (Yes, we're aware of similar conversations about Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.) Thomas was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons, has started all 64 games in his four-year career, and has never missed a snap.

"Joe is obviously one of the finer left tackles in the business,'' coach Pat Shurmur said, according to Cabot. "He's a very, very good pass protector. I guess what's impressed me is that he's a fine run-blocker as well. Typically, you find a guy that's good at one and average at the others, but I think Joe is good in both phases, extremely good.

"He's big, has good feet, balance and body control. He has pretty good power for a guy that's a tackle. And he has a feel for the game. Usually what makes a player good is kind of a combination and he's blessed with a lot of those things.''

The Browns' offensive line has been the least of their worries in recent seasons. In addition to the revolving door at quarterback, the running and passing games fell somewhere between inconsistent and nonexistent. Trading for Peyton Hillis prior to the 2010 season immediately upgraded the rushing attack. And the emergence of tight end Evan Moore, and the addition of rookie Greg Little could give McCoy the downfield weapons he'll need to have any chance at success.

Ultimately, it all starts up front with the o-line, and Thomas has been a big part of that.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:12 pm

Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension

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Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:26 pm

Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension

isn't it funny that the pic in this article shows him with double team help?  

Since: Aug 15, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:28 pm

Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension

The Browns front office hasn't had many wins in the past, but this draft pick was a highpoint. Why else would you pass on Adrian Petersen, but to take the hardest working man that can make Peyton Hillis look like a cover boy.


Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:12 am

Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension

Dang and I was sorta hoping that Mike Holmgren and the Browns would let this one slip off the hook.  Not likely Holmgren knows as well as anyone that if you have a beast at leflt tackle,  keep him in YOUR cage.  Nice to see a guy that deserves the dough get a big pile of it.  Some of these blogger need to quit eating the glue,  did someone say this guy missed almost a year playing for the Broncos?  If he was a 3rd string RB on their fantasy team maybe they would know who he is..

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:01 am

Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension


Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:30 am

Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension

lets see. madden coverboys. marshall faulk 03-torn knee ligiments, mike vick 04-broken leg, ray lewis 05-hamstring problems first time posting under 100 tackles in career, donovan mcnabb 06-torn sports herina, shaun alexander 07-torn knee or broken ankle i believe, vince young 08-knee problems and bad season stats, brent favre 09- torn bi-cep lots of picks as usual, larry fitzgerald and troy polumalu 10- polumalu hurt knee fitzgerald bad stats and slowed by injuries, and drew brees 11- knee injurie and career high interceptions. theres your proof of the madden curse.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 10:22 am

Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension

i dont play madden. but from what ive seen happen to the madden coverboys. bad things happen. really career highs in stats where you dont want them or injuries. sometimes both.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 9:25 am

Browns, Thomas agree to 7-year, $84M extension

Good move by the Browns. I was of the opinion the Browns should have taken Adrian Peterson instead of Joe Thomas, but I've changed my stance since then. He's a cornerstone of this franchise and he plays the second most important position on the field. The Browns have plenty of holes to fill, but they won't have to worry about LT for the next 7 years.

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