Joe Thomas has been voted to the Pro Bowl five times, has the security of a seven-year, $84 million extension that he signed in August 2011 and is widely regarded as one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL.
But Thomas has yet to get a taste of the playoffs and with the Cleveland Browns limping into Sunday's game against the Ravens with a 2-6 record, the chances for this season fade each week.
Thomas was candid in discussing the frustration of playing for an organization that last made the postseason in 2002.
"It's been tough at times," he said during a conference call this week. "I've only had one winning season in my five years. The worst thing in the...