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Browns’ Thomas gets $3M raise, becomes NFL highest-paid O-Lineman

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Injured Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas received a $3 million raise from the Cleveland Browns on Saturday.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the deal includes $3 million in new money over 2017 and ’18, including a $1.5 million roster bonus paid this past week, plus a raise of $1.5 million in base salary for 2018, which will now be $10.3 million.

Factoring in his base salary and bonuses, Thomas is scheduled to take home $13.5 million in cash in 2018, the highest figure currently for any NFL offensive lineman.

Thomas recently had surgery for a season-ending triceps injury, ending his streak of 10,363 straight snaps played to begin his career. A team spokesman said that the Browns had agreed to the pay bump before Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowler, was injured and they’ll stick to their plan.

Thomas originally signed a seven-year, $80.5 million deal through the 2018 season.

Before having surgery, Thomas said he would wait until after the season before deciding if he would continue playing.

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