5 Cleveland Browns since 1999 who deserved a ring

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CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 24: Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns jogs off the field during a game against the San Diego Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Chargers 20-17. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

1. Left Tackle – Joe Thomas

Shocker, the number one Browns player who deserved a ring is the GOAT, Joe Thomas. I can’t think there is any argument over this pick. In 2007, with the third pick of the NFL draft, the Browns drafted Thomas from the University of Wisconsin. Little did they know, they were drafting a legend.

In 11 seasons, all with the Browns, Thomas earned a trip to 10 pro-bowls and was elected first-team all-pro in six of those seasons. Although the team was often changing quarterbacks, the only common theme of the offense was no pressure from the left side of the line.

Thomas did have one winning season with the Browns in his rookie year when the Browns went 10-6 with Derek Anderson under center. After that is was four and five wins far too often.

Thomas may have only went 48-128 in his NFL career, but there is no doubt he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.  Perhaps his biggest win is 10,363 consecutive snap streak, which is the longest ever since the statistic started in 1999. In all those snaps, Thomas gave up 30 sacks his entire career.  Joe, I’m not sure the Browns deserved you, but you are certainly appreciated.

There are zero arguments that Thomas deserves a Super Bowl ring more than anyone in the Browns organization, and possibly the NFL.

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Thomas continues to work with the NFL Network and is an advocate for the Browns.