Tackle Joe Thomas hopes Browns don’t trade him

The Browns drafted Thomas with the third overall pick in 2007.

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Joe Thomas has taken his share of lumps with the Cleveland Browns. He is willing to absorb many more.

The nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle expressed his strong desire to remain with the team Wednesday, rather than be traded to a contender.

Thomas’ name has been floated around the league ahead of the trade deadline on Nov. 1. But Cleveland coach Hue Jackson said earlier in the week that he wouldn’t be dealt.

The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder is one of just six players in NFL history to be selected for the Pro Bowl in his first nine seasons.

The Browns drafted Thomas with the third overall pick in 2007. The Wisconsin product has played in all 151 games and 9,388 offensive snaps in his 10-year career.

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