Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas might not qualify as an “elite playmaker” since he plays on the offensive line, but he is being rewarded like one, agreeing to an $84 million extension over seven years.
A source told NFP's Andrew Brandt that the contract will pay Thomas $42 million over the first three years of the contract, a market-setting number for offensive linemen. Of that, $36 million is guaranteed.
The deal puts Thomas, a four-time Pro Bowl pick and a two-time All-Pro, in the same category as Julius Peppers and Larry Fitzgerald when it comes to the NFL's highest-paid non-quarterbacks.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com
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