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First Round Pick Thomas Signs Five-Year Deal

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with their first of two first round draft picks, as tackle Joe Thomas and the team have agreed on a deal.  The numer three pick of the draft has signed a five-year, $43 million contract. The deal includes $23 million in bonuses. The Browns start training camp on Friday, and the only draft choice that will likely not be signed by that time is quarterback Brady Quinn, who was picked with the 22nd pick after a trade with Dallas.

The Browns second-round pick, cornerback Eric Wright, also came to terms with the team on Thursday. Many predict him to be able to step in right away and play right corner for the Browns opposite Leigh Bodden.  Back to Thomas, he should be a contender for a starting job on opening day vs the Steelers.  He is a great pass blocker, and unless there are unforseen circumstances, he should be the team’s starting left tackle.

There are some rumors going around that if Thomas is able to get going right away, the team may look at shipping current left taclke Kevin Shaffer to another team (the Colts need a LT, and the Giants have also been in talks about Shaffer ), or possibly even releasing him, though is somewhat unlikely.  As for Quinn, the Browns and the Notre Dame QB are not close to coming to a deal according to reports earlier in the week.  The QB has spoken about trying to be in camp on time all along, but unless something happens unforseen last minute, he will become a holdout tomorrow afternoon.


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