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Joe Thomas trade rumors: New York Giants or bust, per report

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Giants called “only team” who could acquire All-Pro left tackle

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Cleveland Browns’ All Pro left tackle Joe Thomas isn’t going anywhere by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline — unless he goes to the New York Giants. That is the latest report from Pro Football Talk regarding the trade rumors swirling around Thomas.

PFT’s Mike Florio reports that “the Giants are the only team still on the radar screen” in terms of being a realistic suitor for Thomas. He says, though, that Thomas to the Giants is “a long shot because the Giants don’t seem to be inclined to give the Browns the kind of offer they’d want.”

What kind of offer is that? Previous reports have indicated that the Browns want at least a second-round pick for Thomas, a 10-year veteran who has made the Pro Bowl in each of his nine previous seasons and is a six-time All Pro.

Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese didn’t sound on Monday like a man expecting to make a deal by Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ve had some conversations. There’s always some chatter this time of the year ... Lot of talk and not much action usually at the trade deadline,” Reese said.

The GM was also complementary of second-year left tackle Ereck Flowers, saying he “done OK” and that “We think he still has a lot of upside and he’ll continue to improve.”

Reese did, however, say the Giants would “keep all of our options open” in regards to moving Flowers to right tackle.

So, Thomas to the Giants probably won’t happen. But it could. which will make Tuesday interesting.