The Browns traded with the Pittsburgh Steelers last year for the first time since 1968, and Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert insists he would make the same move again.
During last year’s draft, ex-Browns CEO Joe Banner traded a fourth-round pick to the Steelers in exchange for their third-round selection in 2014, which will be the 83rd overall pick. Colbert then used the fourth-round pick he received from the Browns to choose Syracuse strong safety Shamarko Thomas 111th overall.
“We felt trading our third-round pick this year for a fourth last year to get a player Shamarko Thomas, a safety that we felt was worth of a third-round pick, we’d do it again today,” Colbert said. “But the result was the 8-8 [record], and we’ll see whether Shamarko can help change that. If he does, it was a good deal. If he doesn’t, it wasn’t.”
As a rookie, Thomas served as a backup to eight-time Pro Bowler Troy Polamalu and was used in sub packages. He played about 20 percent of the defensive snaps, compiling 29 tackles in 14 games.