Browns make Joe Thomas highest-paid offensive lineman in 2018

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Joe Thomas may be out for the season with injured triceps, but the Cleveland Browns have given him a good reason to smile.

The Cleveland Browns are making Joe Thomas the highest-paid offensive lineman in the National Football League for 2018 with a restructured contract, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Saturday. The 32-year-old also received a raise of $1.5 million for 2018 of his base salary, which will now be $10.3 million. Thomas has made it clear next year is something he can not commit to after suffering a triceps injury a couple weeks back.

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"He is a great player, a great leader and still playing at an elite level", Browns vice president Sashi Brown said in September, according to the Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto.

Joe Thomas got a deserved raise from the Browns, but it remains to be seen if he'll actually collect the 2018 portion of it.

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The Browns announced October 23 that Thomas would miss the remainder of the season because of a torn left triceps.

Contract information courtesy of Spotrac.com unless noted otherwise.

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