Joe Thomas dreams of Drew Brees in a Cleveland Browns uniform

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/8257/" data-ylk="slk:Joe Thomas">Joe Thomas</a> has been following <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/players/5479/" data-ylk="slk:Drew Brees">Drew Brees</a>’ contact situation very closely.. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
Joe Thomas has been following Drew Brees’ contact situation very closely.. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Forgive Joe Thomas, but after playing 10,363 consecutive offensive snaps to begin his career, the Cleveland Browns’ 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle isn’t keen on waiting for whatever rookie they draft No. 1 or No. 4 overall to develop into competent pigskin hurler. Thomas is a modern day Lou Groza, except instead of blocking for Otto Graham in NFL Championship Games, he’s protected 18 foster quarterbacks as the Browns scraped the floor of NFL standings. He’s finally had enough. Thomas, 33, believes the road to redemption could be paved by current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Early Thursday morning, Thomas began tweeting at Cleveland sports radio host Ken Carman about Brees’ impending contract negotiations with the Saints. To call it tweeting is an understatement. A more accurate description for Thomas’ stream of consciousness would be a vision quest.

It’s impressive that Thomas thought this through in such detail, however, there are a few flaws in his hot takes. For one, it’s not called Drew Orleans for nothing. Even at 39, Brees owns New Orleans and he holds all the cards because the franchise hasn’t identified a successor to groom yet. Besides, the ground game and short passing attack spearheaded by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram has rejuvenated him added two years to his lifecycle as an effective starting quarterback.

Drew Brees hasn’t responded to Thomas’ personal rumor mill, but if he did, it would probably play out something like this.

This is good news for Browns fans. Recently, Thomas has vacillated between returning from the ruptured left triceps tendon he suffered in October and retirement. If he’s inventing scenarios about Hall of Fame quarterbacks landing in Cleveland, then there’s a strong likelihood he’s leaning towards getting back out there.

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DJ Dunson is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at dunsnchecksin@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or Facebook.

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