The trade deadline is fast approaching. NFL teams have until next Tuesday to offload and pick up players to help their franchise moving forward for the season.
We should receive a good indication of what teams are going for position wise when the games finish later today. Players could be injured, meaning teams need replacements, which make certain player trades viable.
Certain players like Vernon Davis, Jared Cook, Matt Forte and Greg Jennings have been rumored to be on the trade block, but the Cleveland Browns could be in for the biggest shift. The team has been in talks with trading offensive lineman Joe Thomas and Alex Mack.
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Ian Rapoport has tweeted that the AFC North franchise was “engaged in discussions” about trading away the left tackle and the center before the deadline on November 3. The reason for the trade may be due to the Browns building towards their future, as both players are around 30-years old.
Thomas currently has a cap of $9.5 million or more over the next three years, while Mack can opt out of in his contract after this season, so both players are viable trade candidates. The center does have a no-trade clause in his contract, but this can be waived.
Trading these two players off the team will open up valuable cap space for the Browns to use to build their team for the future. With the talent Thomas still has too, as he hasn't been declining, they shouldn't have a problem finding him a new team to play for.
Reports are also emerging that linebackers Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo are on the trade block for the Browns.