The Cleveland Browns are expecting a lot in return if they agree to send away offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Yesterday, we took a look at the possibility that the Miami Dolphins could take a look at Thomas, along with center Alex Mack, who the Browns were reportedly shopping ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline. While the price for Thomas, an eight time Pro Bowl selection, five time First-Team All-Pro selection, and the third overall draft choice in the 2007 NFL Draft, we got an idea of exactly how expensive this morning.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns are asking for at least two first-round draft picks in exchange for Thomas.As Schefter writes, "They won't get that."
By making the starting price for Thomas so steep, the Browns are clearly not looking to ship away Thomas, but are letting teams know that they would at least consider making the move if an over the top offer came in. The Dolphins cannot really afford to send the Browns two first-round picks, so this trade should no longer be a possibility. Schefter does not include any asking price for Mack in his tweet, though the two-time Pro Bowler is likely going to be similarly expensive - and Mack released a statement Monday night that he would not waive his no-trade clause.