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The reason why Denver Broncos' trade for Joe Thomas fell apart

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Whilst most teams were content with posturing as the NFL trade deadline came and went yesterday, the Denver Broncos were busy picking up the slack.

Having already added veteran tight end Vernon Davis to their ranks on Monday, the 7-0 franchise came very close to enticing eight-time Pro Bowl talent Joe Thomas away from the Cleveland Browns.

Reason why

Unfortunately for the Broncos, the deal fell apart at the final stage, and now a report by Mike Klis of KUSA appears to have revealed just why.


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According to Klis, whilst Cleveland were willing to entertain the idea of parting ways with their star offensive tackle, it was the issue of draft pick compensation, and specifically the Browns' high demands, that meant the trade fell through.

The Broncos, it seems, wanted Thomas and a 2016 third-round draft pick and were willing to send their 2017 first-round, and 2016 second-round picks to Cleveland.

Cleveland, though, wouldn't budge further than Thomas and their fifth-round 2016 pick, according to the report.

Missed opportunity

Thomas is undoubtedly a valuable asset having played at the very highest standard at his position ever since entering the league in 2007 - he has played every single offensive snap possible for the Browns during that time. So it makes sense that the Ohio franchise didn't want to let him go for cheap.

However, rejecting the prize of a first-round pick for the sake of a third or fifth round pick in 2016 may prove regrettable down the line.

And the same goes for Denver. The Broncos, after a 7-0 start, are in a win-now situation what with Peyton Manning's uncertain future.

With their offensive tackle position severely thin after multiple injuries, you would have thought taking a two round draft pick hit for the chance to greatly improve the offensive line right now wouldn't have been catastrophic. 

As it is, Thomas will stay in Cleveland whilst the Broncos will have to rely on veterans Ryan Harris and Tyler Polumbus covering the tackle position as they head into the business end of the season.

Broncos fans: Was your team right to pull the plug on the deal? Have your say in the comments below...

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