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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: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:23 pm
 

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

Wow! That's a lot of mazuma for a guy on a sub-par NFL team that hasn't produced a winning season, or been in playoff contention, in a few years.  They may be sorry if they go 4-12 once more. Lotsa' head coaches paced those sidelines at Browns' Stadium recently in a losing cause. Again, I hope they check their bank account regularly.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:18 pm
 

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

Oakland should have taken him #1 when they had the chance.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:15 pm
 

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

u are sadly mistaken.big jake long is by far the best lt in the nfl



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:01 pm
 

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

Excellent job I was always hoping he would come back home and play in Greenbay hes the best.Cool



Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:55 pm
 

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

Thanks for Peyton Hillis Bro! How's Quinn working out for ya? Alot of TD's there!But Hillis is a TD machine and Madden Cover boy! Dont hate man McDaniels is gone!



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:50 pm
 

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

Hey woofy...you still play in the same division that features the Steelers and the Ravens! Calm down, Joe Thomas doesn't score touchdowns.



Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:38 pm
 

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

Great job Browns!!!!  You just locked up the BEST left tackle in the NFL!  It was the right move when you drafted him, and this is the right move locking him up for 7 years!  HERE WE GO BROWNIES HERE WE GO!  WOOF! WOOF!


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