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Browns OT Joe Thomas Says He’ll Decide If He’s Returning Soon

Joe Thomas acknowledged at the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday night that he’s been exploring his options in sports broadcasting and his retirement isn’t far off, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Thomas told WKYC’s Dave Chudowsky at the banquet that he hasn’t been offered any broadcasting jobs yet, but that he’s been “putting himself in front of the decision makers” and said “the end is coming sooner than later.”

Thomas recently auditioned for a variety of roles at Fox and Fox Sports 1, a source confirmed, and he went through “the car wash” at ESPN when he was there in January to appear on several shows. The New York Post first reported the Fox audition, stating that “Thomas was particularly impressive, according to one source.”

Thomas also told ESPN Cleveland’s Jason Gibbs Tuesday night that he’s “not leaning one way or the other towards retirement” and repeated what he’s said several times since the end of the season: that he’ll tell the Browns before the start of free agency so they can find his replacement if necessary.

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