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Hue Jackson says Browns aren’t trading Joe Thomas

Derek Hardman

Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas celebrates after a 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions in a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


The Browns lost their seventh game of the year on Sunday and, barring a remarkable change of fortunes, they are on their way to a 14th straight season without a playoff berth.

Assuming that’s the case, that would run left tackle Joe Thomas’ own streak to 10 straight seasons. Unless, of course, there’s a trade that sends Thomas to a team with brighter immediate prospects than the Browns can offer.

Mike Florio reported Sunday that such a trade is a possibility a year after Thomas was reportedly close to landing with the Broncos at the trade deadline, but coach Hue Jackson insisted on Monday that no deal would happen.

“We are not going to trade Joe Thomas,” Jackson said at his press conference.

There’s no equivocation in that response or in the team’s tweet about his answer, although the old saying goes that everything has its price so there may be an offer that the Browns feel they can’t refuse given the wholesale teardown that’s been going on in Cleveland since the current regime took over.