The media career of 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas is on the rise whether he returns to the Browns for another season or retires. Thomas recently auditioned for Fox, a person familiar with the situation confirmed. The New York Post first reported Thomas’ audition Monday and added he’s being considered for a variety of roles on Fox and Fox Sports 1. The network hosted Thomas and former Chicago Bears coach John Fox for tryouts, and Thomas was particularly impressive, a source told the Post. In late January, Thomas appeared on several ESPN shows in what can be viewed as another tryout. Thomas, 33, has yet to announce whether he intends to play next season, a decision Browns coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday he expects the future hall of famer to make “fairly soon.” Appearing Tuesday night at a National Football Foundation awards banquet in Westlake, Thomas told WKYC (Channel 3) he hasn’t been offered any TV jobs yet but has put himself in front of network decision makers because the end of his career is coming sooner than later. Thomas said he has vacillated on whether to resume his playing career or retire, likening his decision to picking a college and thinking it’s one school one day and another the next. Thomas has said several times he’ll notify the Browns of his plan before free agency begins. The negotiating period starts March 12, two days before free agency officially kicks off. Thomas, who’s under contract with the Browns through the 2018 season, has repeatedly said his overall health will dictate how he chooses to proceed. He had never missed a snap in his NFL career until he was sidelined for the final nine games last season with a torn left triceps suffered Oct. 22. But Thomas has said the knee and back problems he’s endured for years are actually greater causes for concern than his surgically reattached triceps tendon.
Browns 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas auditions for Fox
Akron Beacon Journal | Mar 7