Report: Broncos offered Browns first-round pick for Joe Thomas

The Broncos made a splash on Monday by trading for tight end Vernon Davis, but it hasn't been the only attempted moved by John Elway. Elway also, according to a report, attempted to trade for Browns' left tackle Joe Thomas earlier in the season. Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland reports the Broncos offered Cleveland a first-round pick for Thomas after left tackles Ryan Clady went down for the season.

Per Grossi, the Browns rebuffed the offer asking for second-year linebacker Shaq Barrett as well.

At the time Cleveland considered itself a contender -- or at least considered itself not a disaster -- so the Browns could conceivably ask for more in a trade for a guy like Thomas. Denver's first-round pick this year wasn't going to be great (think 25-30 range best case).

Now? The Browns are 2-6 and willing/trying to trade anyone and everyone as they look to rebuild for the 15th time it was many years (give or take a decade).

The man behind the Browns attempted firesale, Grossi reports, is team President Alec Scheiner, now the "loudest voice in the ear of owner Jimmy Haslam" after having "gained inroads in football operations."

And yes it's possible that all of this could spell trouble for Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine in what has become an annual right of passage for the Browns to re-examine the front office and coaching staff after every year.

As widely reported on Sunday, expect the Browns to do their best in shopping as many players as possible before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.

Everyone must go. (USATSI)
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