Browns coach unequivocal that team will keep Joe Thomas

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns will not be dealing Joe Thomas at the Nov. 1 trade deadline. Coach Hue Jackson tried to make that notion plain and clear on Monday.

"We are not going to trade Joe Thomas," Jackson said a day after the Browns fell to 0-7 with a 31-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. "Joe Thomas has a lot to do with what we're trying to accomplish here in the future."

Thomas has played every snap at left tackle for the Browns since he was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

A rebuilding team trying to stockpile draft choices could add more picks with a player as talented as Thomas, but the Browns have made it clear they are not interested in a trade. Jackson looked to put the exclamation point on that stance, emphasizing with dramatic pauses: "We. Are not. Going. To trade. Joe. Thomas."

It's a change in stance from a year ago, when the Browns almost sent Thomas to the Denver Broncos before terms could not be reached by the trade deadline.

A veteran like Thomas also could request a trade, but a source recently said he will not ask out.