No. 4 Tavierre Thomas
For those of you who don’t know, Tavierre Thomas is the Browns new special teams ace. You’d find it hard to watch a special teams play for the Browns that Thomas was not on the field for. He played a whopping 83 percent, or 361 total snaps for the Browns on special teams last year. Most, if not all of the snaps he missed on special teams were field goal snaps, which makes that stat even more impressive.
It would significantly help his case if he could find some more snaps on the defensive side of the ball, but having a special teams ace on your roster like Thomas is a crucial role on every great football team. Thomas could find himself in a similar role on the Browns that Matthew Slater has in New England.
At only 24-years-old, Thomas already has two NFL seasons under his belt. He could very well have a long NFL career ahead of him. With around six more years left of his prime physical abilities, the Browns would be very wise to lock him up long term. Special teams aces don’t typically make a lot of money either compared to other NFL contracts. Thomas could be locked up for a few more seasons at just around $1 million per year.
Thomas is currently in the third and final year of his original three-year, $1.7 million contract with the Browns. He will be a restricted free agent this upcoming offseason and will most likely find himself in Cleveland in 2021. An extension of around a similar three years, $4.5 million would likely be enough to keep him in Cleveland. This is an extension that really should be a no-brainer for Andrew Berry and the Browns front office.