Two former Cleveland Browns make All-Decade team

Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Two former Cleveland Browns players have made the NFL All-Decade team. Here’s a look back at their time in Cleveland, and what it could mean for them.

Two of the best offensive linemen to ever wear a Cleveland Browns jersey have recently been awarded the honor of being named to the NFL All-Decade team. Left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack have both been named to the team.

Joe Thomas spent his entire career in Cleveland, from 2007 to 2017. Alex Mack spent his first seven seasons from 2009 to 2015 with the Browns and is currently a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

Thomas made ten Pro Bowls for the Browns, along with 6 All-Pro teams. Mack made three Pro Bowls with the Browns and three more when he went to the Falcons. The duo anchored the Browns offensive line together for all of Mack’s tenure and was the best duo of offensive lineman on any offensive line the entire decade.

The 2014 Browns offensive line consisted from left to right of Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, Alex Mack, John Greco, and Mitchell Schwartz. Looking back at it, that unit has to be up there as one of the best offensive lines in the decade.

Mitchell Schwartz and Joel Bitonio have both developed as top offensive linemen at their respective positions, and John Greco was an above-average starter in the NFL. As you can tell by this honor that has been bestowed on Mack and Thomas, that they were pretty good in that unit too.

As the 2020’s approach, the Browns should be looking to name some more offensive linemen to that list, as they will likely be getting their hands on one of the top offensive tackles in the draft with the tenth pick overall. For Joe Thomas and Alex Mack, this should add to Joe Thomas’ impeccable resume as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

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This also adds to Alex Mack’s case to make the hall of fame, as the All-Decade honor along with six Pro Bowls will look great on his resume to eventually make the hall one day.