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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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Comments

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:49 am
 

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

Thats funny. According to a story written last week by CBS about Jim McMahon's lawsuit against the NFL for brain damage, Joe Thomas was out of the league. But it also said Jim McMahon LEAD 2 teams to Super Bowls.




Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:41 am
 

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

Thought he missed a majority of the 2009 season with Broncos with a major injury...Indestructable, what is this guy "Hulk".



Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:38 am
 

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

We'll see.  I live in the real world not a fantasy world.

Hillis is a beast and indestructible.  Have you seen this dude? 

Go play your video games you mute!

I was with you until the word "indestructable" came up...he missed the last game with an injury, and is a RB coming off a season with 300+ touches, and simply given the nature of the game and his style of play....so tough as he might be (and in the complete absence of the idiotic, mythical, "Madden curse), there is still a pretty fair probability that he will miss at least some playing time this season due to injury....and if he does, no matter how small a chunk, you can bet that the magical thinkers will be ready to assign it to the "Madden curse."


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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:54 am
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Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:53 pm
 

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

madden coverboy is a curse. i wouldnt be too proud of your star RB being in the cover of the cursed football game. better hope he dont tear any ligiments.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:51 pm
 

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

One of the few things the Browns have had going in the 1st round. He is a stud.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:49 pm
 

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

Jake Long doesn't belong in the same sentance as Joe Thomas.



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:12 pm
 

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

Great move - seems like the new regime finally has a plan.  Hopefully McCoy delivers a decent record this year and gives them some pieces to build on for the future. 



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:04 pm
 

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

Very good move....Too bad they F'd up on the other 1st round pick they had that year, but no one is perfect...lol



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:26 pm
 

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

lol youre funny


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