CLEVELAND- Joe Thomas retired today after 11 NFL seasons. Thomas was known for his physical toughness as he always held down the fort for Browns quarterbacks. He will also be remembered for his mental toughness as he bravely went through nine losing seasons and never tested the free agent market. His loyalty was undeniable and steadfast despite never advancing to the playoffs.
Thomas went to 10 Pro Bowls and will likely be in the NFL Hall of Fame. Thomas said on Twitter, “It’s been an amazing ride for the last 11 years.” He also said it was a difficult decision but the right choice for him and his family. Thomas also mentioned all of his knee injuries. He wasn’t sure how much more damage his body could take.
The Browns signed former Steelers offensive tackle Chris Hubbard to a five-year, $37.5 million deal. He started in place of Marcus Gilbert last season due to a four game suspension for taking performance enhancing drugs.
Carlos Hyde will also suit up for the Browns. Last season, The former San Francisco 49ers and Ohio State Buckeyes running back ran the ball for 940 yards on 240 attempts (3.9 yards per carry). He also caught 59 passes for 350 receiving yards. Hyde scored eight rushing touchdowns in 2017. The Browns could take advantage of his catching ability just as they do with Duke Johnson. The Browns could run an offense similar to New England’s. Hyde signed a three-year deal.
Speaking of the Patriots, the Browns attempted to sign former Patriots left tackle Nate Solder. He signed a four-year deal with the New York Giants. The Browns offered Solder a deal to take Thomas’ place.
Former Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson drew interest from the Browns. He signed deal with the Chicago Bears.
In the span of five days, the Browns acquired several big names including Hubbard, Hyde, receiver Jarvis Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and corner back Damarious Randall.