CLEVELAND, OH- The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with first round draft choice OT Joe Thomas on a six-year contract through the 2012 season (void to five) and second round draft choice DB Eric Wright on a four-year contract through the 2010 season, the team announced today. Financial terms of both deals were not disclosed. Thomas was the third overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft and Wright was the 53rd overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Thomas (6-6, 311, Wisconsin) played in 47 games, including 37 starts, and finished his collegiate career having registered 311 knockdown blocks - with 193 coming in run support - 69 TD-resulting blocks and 56 blocks down field. He was only penalized three times on 2,571 offensive plays and amassed an 87.39% grade for blocking consistency.
As a senior in 2006, Thomas led NCAA Division 1-A blockers with a 92.0% grade for blocking consistency, producing 127 knockdowns/key blocks with 27 TD-resulting blocks and 21 blocks downfield, and graded at least 90% in nine contests and had double-digit knockdowns in eight of those games. He was a unanimous All-American first-team selection and became the first Wisconsin player to win the Outland Trophy. He was also a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award and named the Badgers' Most Valuable Player.
Wright (5-10, 192, UNLV) totaled 22 games at USC and UNLV, including ten starts, and totaled 62 tackles, 44 solo, two sacks for 13 yards, one recovered fumble, one forced fumble, 14 passes defensed and three interceptions for 54 yards.