The Cleveland Browns have needed a franchise quarterback for a very long time. Surprisingly, they settled for Brock Osweiler in a trade with the Houston Texans this offseason. The Browns hope he will somehow be the answer for Cleveland that he wasn’t for his former team.
What became clear is that the Browns weren’t interested in Colin Kaepernick, the 29-year-old free agent quarterback once led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. He has also achieved better statistics than Brock Osweiler in almost all categories. Why did the Brown pass on Kaepernick ?
Joe Thomas, the Browns’ team captain and a 10-year Pro Bowl left tackle offers an explanation on Twitter:
Thomas was again named a first-team All-Pro despite anchoring the offensive line for a team that finished 1-15 last year. His words are taken very seriously in Cleveland. Along with cornerback Joe Haden, he is one of the stabilizing forces for a franchise in constant turmoil.
Consider also that he will be blocking for the Browns’ quarterback blind side. Do the sentiments expressed in his tweet mean that he might not want to block for Kaepernick ? Thomas doesn’t speak for the Browns’ front office, but he does remind his followers and football fans in general that there are certain things that the NFL considers distracting.