Browns keep Joe Thomas despite discussions with Denver, make no moves at trading deadline


Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden, right, celebrates with offensive lineman Joe Thomas after he completed a 95-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Josh Gordon against Jacksonville at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Jaguars defeated the Browns, 32-28. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/MCT)

Joe Thomas is still a member of the Cleveland Browns.

The eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle, who’s played 8,443 straight snaps to start his career, was the subject of intense rumors as the 4 p.m. trade deadline approached, but a deal didn’t happen.

In fact, the Browns didn’t make any moves despite rumors mentioning many of their marquee players.

“In a general context, the trading deadline creates a lot of controversy and a lot of scuttlebutt that generally results in nothing,” general manager Ray Framer said in his first news conference since training camp. “Until something is imminent or a decision is made or a transaction in consummated, it’s all just fuel and fodder behind the scenes.

“From my vantage point, we had some conversations and at the end of the day, they all resonated in the same thing: nothing.”

According to ESPN reports, the Browns and Broncos went to the wire discussing a potential trade for Thomas and it almost happened. One report had the Browns sending Thomas and a fourth-round draft pick in 2016 to the Broncos for their first- and second-round choices in 2016.

Farmer wouldn’t say if a deal was close.

Reporters in Denver said the price asked for by the Browns was “too steep.”

“When you talk about the Browns, Joe Thomas is one of the first names you think of,” coach Mike Pettine said. “He’s one of the best players I’ve ever coached. He’s one of my favorite guys.”

Center Alex Mack, also the subject of rumors, released a statement Monday saying he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause because he wanted to finish the season with his teammates, coaches and Browns fans. He retains the right to opt out of his contract following the season.

“The feeling is mutual. We love having him here,” Pettine said. “We don’t want to see him go.”