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Browns sell off does not include a Dolphins connection

The NFL pregame shows have been abuzz today with news the Cleveland Browns are having something of a talent sale. Well, I am reporting the Dolphins aren't part of that.

In the wake of the Browns' trade of Trent Richardson to Indianapolis, ESPN reported the team has fielded calls for receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon and left tackle Joe Thomas.

The Dolphins don't need any more wide receivers right now (plus Gordon is one positve drug test from being suspended for the season) but they could use some help at left tackle, especially since Thomas is among the best in the NFL.

But a Dolphins source tells me the club is not among the teams that have called the Browns about Thomas and multiple networks are reporting the Browns has so far rebuffed the teams that have called about Thomas, saying he's not available at this time anyway.

Obviously, Thomas is a valuable commodity. He's only 28. He is consistent. He is durable. He is a great blindside protector.

The Dolphins could use all of those. Yes, they have Jonathan Martin at left tackle and so far that has been acceptable. But if they had Thomas, they could move Martin over to right tackle and sit Tyson Clabo, who has yielded three sacks in two games.

The Dolphins are not thinking this is a move right now, however. They believe Martin is improving. They're standing pat with Clabo for now. They will more likely address the offensive tackle spot in the offseason.

One more thing to consider about this Cleveland situation:

The Browns are shopping their receivers and it must be noted there is one AFC East team with a history of adding players such as Gordon despite their troubling history.

The New England Patriots.

I would not be surprised if the Patriots, needing receiver help for Tom Brady, have been looking into adding Gordon or perhaps even Little.

Something to monitor.

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