A trade with the New York Giants for Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not the only bit of work Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey was up to during the final hours of the legal tampering period before the start of the new league year tomorrow.
After dealing safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants in the deal for Beckham Jr., the Browns reportedly began talks with soon-to-be free-agent defensive back Earl Thomas. According to Adam Silverstein, the Browns and Thomas are working on a three-year deal to bring him to Cleveland.
In 125 games, all starts, over his nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Thomas registered 684 total tackles, including 479 solo stops and 205 assists, with 11 tackles going for lost yardage. Additionally, Thomas defended 67 passes, forced 11 fumbles, recovered another five, one of which for a score, and collected 28 interceptions, which he returned for 417 yards and two touchdowns.
The 29-year old Thomas made six Pro Bowl appearances (2011-2015, 2017) and was a three-time First-Team All-Pro selection from 2012 to 2014.
Thomas started the first 96 games of his career and played in at least 14 outings in seven of his nine seasons in Seattle, but his final moment in a Seahawks uniform was a sore one.