On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Browns caused a stir when the team pulled off a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. The New York Giants shipped Odell to Cleveland in exchange for a first-round pick, third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers.
In the immediate aftermath of the trade, Browns fans praised general manager John Dorsey while Giants fans torched general manager Dave Gettleman. While the trade made headlines, the Browns weren’t done yet.
Cleveland was rumored to be in the Earl Thomas sweepstakes. One reporter even mentioned the Browns as “feeling good” in their attempts to land the star safety.
Perhaps those reports stemmed from a fever pitch as the tune on Wednesday is much different.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Browns have not reached out to Earl Thomas.
Just to be clear, the @Browns not looking at Earl Thomas just because they traded Jabril Peppers. GM John Dorsey loves Damarious Randall at the same position Earl Thomas plays. They're in the market for a strong safety. That's not Thomas.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 13, 2019
In fact, the Browns won’t be signing Thomas at all, according to a report from NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo.
I can now add to this the above will not happen. Earl Thomas will not be signing with the #Browns, source says. We wait to see where he will sign but it won’t be in Cleveland.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2019
After landing Odell, fans were hoping the team could land another big name, but it looks like that’s not going to happen.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys have also been mentioned as possible landing spots for the star safety.
Stay tuned for the latest free agency updates including where Thomas signs.