Giants Express Interest In Joe Thomas

The Giants have expressed interest in acquiring Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. However, Cleveland does not seem intent on trading Thomas, and New York would need to offer a substantial package in order to pique the Browns’ interest."<strong

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Thomas would certainly be an upgrade to a Giants’ offensive line that has been a mixed bag so far this season. Though New York ranks third in Football Outsiders‘ adjusted sack rate, it places just 27th in adjusted line yards, FO’s run-blocking metric. 2015 first-round pick Ereck Flowers has been adequate at left tackle, but a Thomas acquisition would allow Big Blue to move Flowers to the right side, where Bobby Hart has been overmathed through five starts.

The 31-year-old Thomas is in the midst of another excellent season, as he’s started all eight games and graded as the league’s No. 8 offensive tackle, according to Pro Football Focus. Thomas, a nine-time Pro Bowler, has never missed a contest during his 10-year NFL career, and is actually quite affordable from a cap perspective. Given that the Browns would absorb his remaining signing bonus money, Thomas would only count for $9MM in each of the next two years.

Thomas, a lifelong member of the Browns, has never been to the postseason. Still, he does not want to be traded. First-year coach Hue Jackson addressed reporters earlier this week and said that Thomas would not be dealt between now and the deadline. Despite that, rival GMs believe that top exec Sashi Brown could pull the trigger on a deal, especially since the team is going nowhere in 2016.

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5 comments on “Giants Express Interest In Joe Thomas

  1. Ravens_Last_Place

    Don’t do it NYG. You’re winning nothing this year. Why trade a 2nd or 3rd for a declining T that’s clearly past him prime. He’s good but hasn’t been dominant in a while. He will continue to get worse.

    • metseventually

      Reese is desperate for a move to keep his job

    • Surprisingly a Bucks Fan

      #8 rated tackle is clearly past his prime? when you’re the very best and you to down, it’s not bad it’s to be expected

  2. Pasquale Salvatore

    Reese is done. He won’t be back next year. He turned his back on good fortune, when Tunsil fell to him at #10 and he took Apple instead. Another bad move in a long list of bad moves by Reese in the past 4 years. He’s good as gone..

    • Sick of Losing

      I hope you’re right!!!!!!

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