Earlier in the day on Tuesday it was reported that free agent Danny Amendola would be leaving the New England Patriots in favor of the Miami Dolphins. He has yet to inform the Browns of his plans this offseason. Ebner suffered a knee injury in November that prematurely ended his 2017 season. He moved to left tackle his second season and protected Patriot quarterback Tom Brady's blind side the last six years. Giardi also reported that the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans appear to be the frontrunners to sign him.
According to Volin, the Browns - armed with more than $82 million in cap space - will present "stiff competition" to the Patriots in their quest to re-sign Solder.
Teams always end up over-paying free agents; Andrew Norwell, a left guard who earned $2.7 million from Carolina last year, has a five-year, $66.5 million contract with Jacksonville in place.
Thomas, in the final year of his contract, will make $10.3 million in base salary if he plays in 2018. After getting the OK from trainers he has been in the Browns facility nearly daily, working out as much as he can while going through injury rehab. They believe he will come back to see if New England will match, or come close to, those offers. On the other hand, one could argue he's really enjoying being a professional podcaster (I'm not joking) and starting to warm to the idea of being in the media instead of the trenches. "He knows how to get himself ready to play if he decides to play". So while Thomas makes up his mind, the Browns are in on Solder.