Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is under contract for the 2018 season, and is set to be paid $10.3 million. But that hasn’t stopped Thomas, who played for Wisconsin from 2003-06, from exploring other opportunities: He recently auditioned for a variety of roles at Fox and Fox Sports 1, according to a report from The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.
“In more Fox news, the network had current Browns lineman Joe Thomas and former Bears coach John Fox in for auditions, according to sources. Thomas was particularly impressive, according to one source. The two are being considered for a variety of roles on both Fox and Fox Sports 1. Thomas also went through the ESPN “Car Wash” this offseason, which often is used as a tryout of sorts, so don’t rule out Bristol. Thomas has not decided yet if he will play next season,” Marchand wrote.
Thomas hasn’t hidden his desire to work in media. After a torn triceps prematurely ended his 2017 season he provided weather updates on the Browns’ pre-game shows. He also hosts his own weekly podcast, the ThomaHawk Show, along with former NFL wide receiver Andrew Hawkins.
Any decision on Thomas’ immediate future in media will be contingent on his intent on playing out his Browns contract.
Thomas will “come out and let us know fairly soon about he wants to do,” Browns coach Hue Jackson told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport last week.
#Browns coach Hue Jackson said LT Joe Thomas will “come out and let us know fairly soon about what he wants to do.” … I’m told he is preparing to play, and those who know him well believe he’ll be back.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2018