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Browns reward Thomas

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Gazette wire services
August 23, 2011
— Offensive lineman Joe Thomas’ wish has been granted. He is on track to remain one of the most prominent professional athletes in the Cleveland sports scene for years to come.

The Browns have reached an agreement with Thomas on a seven-year, $84 million contract extension with about $44 million guaranteed, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday night. A league source confirmed the agreement. The Browns have yet to make an announcement.


“Looks like big Joe should have bought dinner for us tonight,” Browns quarterback Colt McCoy wrote on Twitter after the news broke. “Congrats Joe!”


The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Thomas, 26, has established a reputation as one of the best left tackles in the NFL, as evidenced by his four consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl. The Wisconsin native and former Badger has started all 64 games for the Browns since they drafted him third overall in 2007, and he has not missed an offensive snap.


Raiders select Pryor

The Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick Monday in the NFL’s supplemental draft to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.


The Raiders and the league announced that Oakland used the 18th selection of the round for Pryor. Oakland forfeits its third-round selection in the 2012 draft.


Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said his client was excited about going in the third round after waiting until last Thursday to find out he’d even be eligible for the supplemental draft and not working out for teams until Saturday.


“We’re tickled and thrilled that Terrelle went in the third round and to the Raiders,” Rosenhaus said. “The third round is quite an accomplishment for a young man who had his pro day 48 hours ago and didn’t know he would be in the draft until Thursday morning and wasn’t able to meet with any decision makers.”


Rosenhaus said he hoped to finalize a contract as soon as possible to get Pryor on the practice field.


Pryor will be able to practice immediately after signing and play in the remaining two exhibition games. But he will not be eligible to practice with or play for Oakland during the regular season until the team’s sixth game.


When he was allowed to enter Monday’s draft, he was handed a five-game suspension by Commissioner Roger Goodell — the same number of games he would have sat out had he returned to Ohio State. Pryor has said he will not appeal the suspension.



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