Trade for Patriots offensive guard Joe Thuney
When Berry shored up the offensive line by drafting Wills No. 10 overall to play left tackle, the debate has now turned to who will start at right guard for the Cleveland Browns? It’s an age-old debate that dates back to training camp last year.
This offseason, the main candidates to fight for the job are Wyatt Teller, who was acquired via trade and played the second-half of the season at right guard, Harris, the rookie drafted in the fifth round, or Drew Forbes, better known as “Prospect X,” who was drafted in last year’s sixth round. In a similar fashion to the Higgins situation, none of these are really an option to get super excited about.
Before the draft, it was rumored the Patriots could trade away All-Pro guard Joe Thuney, who has started all 16 games at left guard in his four professional seasons.
In free agency, the Patriots placed a franchise tag on Thuney, a Spring Valley, Ohio native, allowing them to have trade control over him until next offseason, when he will hit unrestricted free agency.
Reports circulated this week that the Miami Dolphins were interested in trading for Thuney, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter dismissed that report quickly.
The fact of the matter is, no player is untouchable and everyone has their price. The Patriots declined to draft a quarterback and it’s unclear what direction they could be taking as a franchise. If they’re leaning towards a partial rebuild, the Browns, who have 10 selections in the 2021 draft, could offer some draft capital they’d covet.
Also, Thuney will be in line for an extension. That’s no problem for Berry’s Browns, who have been responsible spenders in free agency, leading the NFL in available cap space.
If the Browns are serious about building a fence around Mayfield in 2020 and beyond, trading for and extending Thuney would be a logical move that would cost some future draft picks and cap space, but would be worth it.