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Rumors Swirl the Browns are Shopping Mack, Thomas, Mingo and Kruger

CLEVELAND – It’s been a busy morning if you’re a Browns fan, not only is the team minutes away from a game with the Arizona Cardinals, but rumors are running that the team is looking to trade some of its best players.

On the block according to sources are the following: Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, Barkevious Mingo, and Paul Kruger.

Trading one or a number of these veteran players would waive the white flag on a 2015 season that already is headed for disaster at 2-5 and could easily be 2-6 after Sunday’s game vs the Cardinals. reports that moving the lineman wouldn’t be stunning based on the fact that:

Thomas is under contract through 2018 — he has no guaranteed money for 2016 — and Mack, who was almost lost in free agency to the Jacksonville Jaguars a season ago, has a no-trade clause. Mack — who was listed by our Marc Sessler as a prime trade candidate earlier this week — can opt out of his long-term deal after this season, though, which could be a motivating factor.

Kruger, who was a big name free agent brought in to be a big factor on the defense, is signed through 2017. This season he has just a half of a sack, this after 11 sacks last season.

Mingo hasn’t been playing all that much anyway, and despite being a former first-round pick seems destined for the ‘bust’ label that many of the Browns of the last recent years seem labeled as.

The trade deadline for the NFL is this Tuesday at 4pm.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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