CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Joe Thomas has seen an endless line of quarterbacks come and go during his nine years with the Browns, but the next departure will be the saddest to witness, because Thomas is thinking of 'what could have been' with Johnny Manziel.
"I think it's a sad end to the story in Cleveland for Johnny", Thomas told Cleveland 19 News during an appearance at the Great Big Home and Garden Show on Thursday.
"He's a guy that personally I like. I believe he has a lot of talent. He's got the talent to be an NFL quarterback. Obviously we hoped Cleveland was gonna be the place where he became that starting NFL quarterback...it didn't work out, for a lot of reasons, and I'm sure he would say that a lot of 'em were his own fault."
As for the report that Manziel showed up either drunk or hungover for a team meeting on Dec. 30, during the final week of the season, and that the Browns covered it up by placing him in the concussion protocol, Thomas said he didn't spend much time with Manziel that day.
"All I know is he complained of concussion symptoms, and then he was gone," Thomas said.
The nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle said he was in different meetings than Manziel that day, comparing it to study hall in college, and said he has no idea if Johnny was drunk or hungover.
"As you know, players don't exactly get the inside scoop on injuries, and that was no different."
Thomas insists he wants to remain with the Browns under new head coach Hue Jackson, even as the team moves on to yet another new quarterback. Thomas expects the Browns to use the second overall pick in the NFL Draft on a QB.
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