UPDATE: According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, free agent safety Earl Thomas has agreed to a 4-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens worth $55 million.
Shortly after news of the Cleveland Browns' blockbuster trade to acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. spread on Tuesday night, buzz began to build for another big move.
But despite Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reporting that the Browns were "feeling good" about their chances of signing free agent safety Earl Thomas, something appears to have changed. On Wednesday, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network took to Twitter to report that not only will the 6-time Pro Bowl safety not sign with the Browns, but the two sides were never even working on a deal.
Despite Thomas' obvious talent -- the 29-year-old has made first or second-team All-Pro five times in his nine-year career -- he may have made for an odd fit in Cleveland's offense. Although the Browns are now in the market for a starting safety after sending Jabrill Peppers -- as well as 2019 first and third-round picks -- to the Giants, Thomas has primarily played free safety throughout his career, the same position currently occupied in Cleveland by Damarious Randall.
That would put the Browns in the market for a strong safety, with their options potentially limited as far as the free agent market is concerned. Behind Thomas, the top free agent safety still available appears to be Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who has also primarily played free safety throughout his career.
Of course, the possibility always exists that Cleveland general manager John Dorsey could pull off a trade, with the Browns still in possession of eight picks in the 2019 draft. At the moment, Cleveland's strong safety options may appear scarce -- but that's never stopped Dorsey from making a splash.