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Browns await decision from Joe Thomas

Daryl Ruiter
March 13, 2018 - 1:42 pm

Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Has Joe Thomas played his last down for the Cleveland Browns?

It’s a question that everyone is still awaiting an answer to as the clock ticks rapidly towards the start of the new league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday, and with that the official start to free agency.

Thomas, 33, has not formally informed the Browns if he plans to return in 2018 forcing the team to plan to replace him just in case. NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported Tuesday afternoon that the Browns expect to hear from Thomas on Wednesday.

The Browns are “making a big run” at Patriots left tackle Nate Solder according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe to replace Thomas, assuming he needs replacing this year.

No one seems to know just what Thomas will decide. Up to this point, it’s mere speculation.

Thomas did not return a message seeking comment on his status for this story at the time of publishing. Thomas previously told 92.3 The Fan that reports those around him expected him to return were premature.

This offseason Thomas has entertained post-career media opportunities. He traveled to Bristol, CT – home of ESPN – to appear on a variety of platforms for the network over a 2-day period. He also auditioned for Fox Sports.

Thomas currently co-hosts ‘The ThomaHawk Show’ podcast with former Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins, which has become a must listen not just for Browns fans but football fans in general as Thomas shows off his engaging personality and knowledge weekly.  

Thomas is recovering from surgery to repair a torn left triceps tendon suffered in the third quarter of a 12-9 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 22, 2017. The presumed future Hall of Fame left tackle played 10,363 consecutive snaps since being selected third overall in the 2007 NFL Draft prior to suffering the arm injury.

Thomas is one of five players in NFL history to make the Pro Bowl in his first 10 NFL seasons and he’s the only offensive lineman in league history to accomplish the feat.

The sooner the Browns know Thomas’ plans the better, because filling his shoes will be no easy task.