Joe Thomas is one of the few star players the Cleveland Browns have on their roster, which is why his name seems to come up in trade rumors year after year. But the Browns held onto Thomas through the trade deadline, and head coach Hue Jackson insists they will do the same going forward.

On Wednesday, Jackson denied that there were ever any serious trade talks involving Thomas this season. The first-year Browns coach also said Thomas won’t be dangled during the upcoming NFL Draft.

Earlier in the day, a feature from Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN the Magazine was published in which Thomas said he genuinely wants to stay in Cleveland.

“I’m a Clevelander,” Thomas said. “I’ve spent the majority of my adult life here. Every day when I come to work, it’s ‘Let’s turn this team into a consistent winner.’ Because it would be such a special story. It would be like when the Cubs won the World Series. Everybody in the country has probably been cheering for them for so long because they’ve been suffering for so long. And you want to cheer for teams like the Browns.

“It’s so important for me to be here for the turnaround. I don’t want to just get a Super Bowl ring [by] being traded to a dream team. It would feel unsatisfying. Unfulfilling.”