INDIANAPOLIS: Questions about the future surround two of the most talented players to ever don a Browns uniform.

And coach Hue Jackson spoke Wednesday as if he’s just as curious as Browns fans are about what will happen with 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas and former All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Thomas, 33, has yet to announce whether he plans to play this year or retire coming off a season in which his legendary consecutive snap streak ended at 10,363 with a torn left triceps tendon that forced him to miss the final nine games. Thomas has repeatedly vowed to notify the Browns before free agency begins with the legal negotiating period March 12 and the signing period March 14.

Thomas’ podcast partner, former Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, told the Athletic’s Tom Reed last week at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference that he has no inside information but his “gut feeling” is Thomas will return. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted this about Thomas on Wednesday: “I’m told he is preparing to play, and those who know him well believe he’ll be back.”

But there are others who haven’t really been hearing the same things, and Jackson said Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine he doesn’t have a sense which way Thomas is leaning.

“I’ve talked to Joe Thomas several times, and I think Joe is going to make a decision hopefully fairly soon here, but it’s on his time,” Jackson said at the Indiana Convention Center. “Joe has been a tremendous Cleveland Brown, has done anything and everything we’ve asked of him, so I think it’s only right that we give him the opportunity to work through this and make the best decision for him.”

Some fans have speculated on social media that Thomas has foreshadowed his retirement by slimming down this offseason. In January at the Cleveland Sports Awards, Thomas said he had only shed about 10 pounds.

“Am I alarmed by [his weight loss]? No, I’ve seen him putting [the weight] back on now here recently,” Jackson said. “But, no. He’s Joe. He knows how to get himself ready to play if he decides to play. And for us as an organization, we’re going to do everything we can to be prepared whether he plays or he doesn’t play, and that’s what our responsibility is.”

With Gordon, 26, there is always a sense of uncertainty about his status because of his off-field history.

His well-documented battle with drug and alcohol addiction contributed to him being suspended by the NFL for nearly the past three years, until he returned to action Dec. 3 and played in the final five games of the season.

“Josh has been great. Josh has been outstanding,” Jackson said. “He’s having a really good offseason. Obviously, he’s got to continue to do so and continue to do the right things, but I truly believe that Josh Gordon is going to have a great year for us.”

Jackson said the Browns tendering Gordon a one-year contract (worth $790,000) as an exclusive free agent by March 14 is a formality.

The tender will prevent Gordon from negotiating or signing with another club, and he’ll be scheduled for restricted free agency after the 2018 season and unrestricted free agency after the 2019 season.

Jackson was asked if Gordon will play this coming season under the tender or if the Browns are interested in signing him long term.

“Well, I think the first thing, if we tender him, which we will, that’s where he’ll be,” Jackson said. “But we want Josh Gordon to be a Cleveland Brown for a long time. We’ll see where that all goes, but he has to do his part in that. And we hope he will, and I’m sure he will.”

Asked if the Browns will take a wait-and-see approach with Gordon or make a contract extension a priority this offseason, Jackson replied, “We haven’t had that discussion yet.”

Looking at No. 4

Jackson did nothing to throw water on the expectation that the Browns will draft a quarterback first overall on April 26, but the possibilities for the team with the fourth overall pick leave more to the imagination.

One option would be trading down, but Jackson is tired of the strategy after the Browns moved down from No. 2 in 2016 and down from No. 12 last year.

“Yes, I am [tired of it],” Jackson said. “Let’s draft players. If it’s the right fit for us and it helps our football team, we’ll do whatever we feel is best, and I think that’s important, too.”

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick are the popular choices among draft analysts at No. 4.

Jackson called Barkley “a tremendous football player” who’s “had a tremendous career.” The coach said Fitzpatrick can play free safety or outside corner, both of which are dire needs for the Browns.

Defensive end is not an area of weakness after the Browns drafted Myles Garrett first overall last year and Emmanuel Ogbah 32nd overall in 2016.

But Jackson still wouldn’t rule out drafting NC State’s Bradley Chubb.

“I don’t think you can cross off great players,” Jackson said. “If we feel like [Chubb] is that, then he’ll be in the discussion. You have to [consider great players]. I think we need really, really good football players, regardless of the position.”

Crow flying away?

Jackson fueled the perception that Isaiah Crowell will soon leave the Browns as an unrestricted free agent by speaking in the past tense while discussing the starting running back’s time in Cleveland.

“As you guys know in free agency, these players, they get to make the decision, too. It’s not so much about us,” Jackson said. “Again, they get the opportunity to make a decision that they think is best for them. He was a fine football player for us. Glad he played for us, and we’ll see where this goes.”

Asked if he senses Crowell will sign elsewhere, Jackson said, “You just never know how this is going to unfold. Again, he was a good player for us and did some really good things for us, but we’ll see how this goes.”

Extra points

•?After the Browns went 1-15 in 2016, Jackson guaranteed he would jump into Lake Erie if they finished with just one win again. Well, they went 0-16 in 2017, and he promised to follow through. And on Wednesday, Jackson revealed he hopes other members of the Browns will take a dip with him. “It will be tied to the Hue Jackson Foundation [as a charity event], and hopefully I can get the whole [Browns] organization to go jump in with me,” Jackson said. “It’s going to be a cleansing of the Cleveland Browns.”

•?The Browns recently hosted two 29-year-old veterans — cornerback Vontae Davis and running back Chris Ivory — on free-agent visits. Davis struck a deal to join the Buffalo Bills, and Ivory remains unsigned. The Browns were the youngest team in the NFL last season but are showing interest in older players with new General Manager John Dorsey calling the shots. “I don’t think it’s about making [the roster] older but making it better, putting veterans on the team that can help us get to winning as fast as we can,” Jackson said.

•?The Browns need receivers to complement Gordon, but it sounds as if Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be an option this off­season. Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the team is “not in the trade market for” Bryant.