Browns left tackle Joe Thomas said he wants to see who the team’s new coach and GM will be before deciding whether he’ll ask for a way out of the organization, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal tweets. The perennial Pro Bowl left tackle has been in Cleveland ever since the organization drafted him No. 3 overall in 2007.
“When there’s turnover in the coaching staff, a lot of good players end up leaving, a lot of good coaches leave,” Thomas said over the weekend. “There’s a lot of uncertainty when there’s turnover in the coaching staff. Certainly I could be one of them not here next year.”
Thomas was hoping that coach Mike Pettine would return, but he was fired on Sunday, along with GM Ray Farmer. Now it seems that Thomas could follow both men out of the door in Cleveland.
Thomas has three years and $29.5MM left on his contract, which contains no dead money. Back in November, the Browns nearly completed a deal that would have sent the left tackle to the Broncos in exchange for valuable 2016 selections. It was reported that the deal broke down, at least in part, over a holdup on converting Thomas’ remaining salary for 2016 and 2017 into guarantees. However, Thomas denied those claims.
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