Waiting Game: Browns Still Not Sure Of Joe Thomas' Future

  • Waiting Game: Browns Still Not Sure Of Joe Thomas' Future

Waiting Game: Browns Still Not Sure Of Joe Thomas' Future

The Texans started five players at the position in 2017 and the two-time Super Bowl champion would be a potential upgrade over any combination of Kendall Lamm, Julien Davenport, Chris Clark, Jeff Allen, and Breno Giacomini.

Out of respect, the Browns are giving Thomas all the time and space he needs to make his decision.

Signing Nate Solder, the left tackle of the New England Patriots, in case Thomas does retire, has become a priority for the Browns during this so-called window of "legal tampering" before free agent players can be signed beginning at 4 p.m. March 14, according to sources. He has spent his entire 11-year career with the team that drafted him third overall in 2007, never missing a snap until a triceps injury limited him to just seven games last season. He has yet to inform the Browns of his plans this offseason.

Even after that flurry, the Browns still have the second-most cap space in the National Football League at $77.8 million, per Spotrac.

Solder, who will be the NFL's top free agent tackle if he does not re-sign before Wednesday, also reportedly has received interest from the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos, as well as the Patriots.

Solder has been pursued by numerous teams, including the Patriots in attempt to re-sign him. He noted the Patriots will have stiff competition in signing Solder because Cleveland has "a ton of money to play with".

I don't think they're going to have Hubbard protecting their quarterback's blind side either. They believe he will come back to see if New England will match, or come close to, those offers.

The moves could potentially provide insight into how the Browns feel about which way Thomas is leaning.