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Browns’ Joe Thomas Likely Announcing Retirement Today

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While the Cleveland Browns have made some major moves in the trade and free agent markets to overhaul their roster for what should be an interesting 2018 season, longtime left tackle Joe Thomas will not be a part of the team.

Thomas, 33, is likely announcing his retirement on Wednesday, according the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”

“From the moment I was drafted, the city embraced me in a way that I could never fully describe,” Thomas said. “I am proud to call Cleveland home. The loyalty and passion of the fans is unmatched and it was an honor to play in front of them from the past 11 years. I would like to thank all of the coaches, teammates, staff, fans and everyone who has shown me support throughout my career. Even though I will be hanging up my cleats, I will always be a Cleveland Brown.”

“I think the future is really bright,” he said recently. “Obviously, John Dorsey came here for a reason because there was a ton of cap space, a ton of money that you can spend under the salary cap on new players, and obviously the draft picks that we have are pretty impressive, really unprecedented to have the first, the fourth [overall selections] and a couple early picks in the second round. So although the talent hasn’t been there for the team the last few years, the cupboards are not bare because of what we have coming down the pike in the next few years. For me as a player and for you guys as fans, it’s a great time to be a Cleveland Brown.”

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Texans Sign Darren Fells

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The Houston Texans have signed veteran tight end Darren Fells to a one-year deal, according to FOX 26’s Mark Berman.

Fells, 32, was cut by the Cleveland Browns earlier this month after the team failed to find a trade.

Fells, who inked a three-year, $12 million deal with the Browns last year, managed only 11 receptions in his only season in Cleveland.

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Chiefs Sign Bashaud Breeland

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The Kansas City Chiefs have signed cornerback Bashaud Breeland to a one-year deal with incentives that could push the value to a max of $5 million, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Breeland played in just seven games for the Green Bay Packers last season, but was very production when he was on the field, hauling in 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2018.

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Jets Sign Tom Compton

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The New York Jets have signed veteran guard Tom Compton to a one-year deal, according to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.

Compton provides vast experience, with over 30 starts over his 7 seasons in the league, and started 14 games for the Minnesota Vikings last season, playing at left guard, right guard, and right tackle.

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