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Opinion: Joe Thomas Making The Worst Decision in His NFL Career by Retiring

First off Joe Thomas, congratulations on your retirement…coming two days too late. The NFL Free Agency period began on Monday, March 12th and now you finally decide to announce that you are retiring from the NFL to more than likely head up into the broadcast booth with the likes of Tony Romo, Greg Gumbel, Jim Nantz, and so on.

“Pro Bowl” Joe, you stiffed the Browns by announcing your retirement during the free agency period because now instead of knowing that the team has a trustworthy offensive tackle they are going to have to do some searching either during free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft. If Thomas would have announced beforehand that he was going to retire, the team could have sought after offensive tackles to fill the void instead of searching in a panic.

Joe Thomas has always been classified as a veteran on the Cleveland Browns, what exactly is the definition of a veteran?

Veteran: a person who has had long experience in a particular field.

When Johnny Manziel was a member of the Browns from 2014-2015, Thomas could have done a lot more by taking the inexperienced quarterback under his wing. Back in 2016 shortly after Manziel was released by the Browns, Thomas stated to that he liked Manziel.  Thomas mentioned that Manziel was a guy that he personally liked and stated that he has a lot of talent to be an NFL quarterback but it just hasn’t worked out. Thomas could have even helped DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler at their position instead of them treading water in the deep end.

Thomas never really had the taste of victory, being apart of only one 10 win season with the Browns in his rookie year. Outside of the 2007 season victory didn’t come to easy for Thomas having a record of 38-106 and a 48-112 record throughout his whole career.

Although Thomas was thought of being such a highly touted offensive tackle for the Browns only 3 players in a 10-year span surpassed 1,000 rushing yard with the team. Jamal Lewis surpassed 1,000 plus yards during the 2007 and 2008 seasons and Peyton Hillis also did in 2010.

It seems as if Thomas’ record of 10,363 consecutive snaps played was one of his biggest achievements in his career. He will never be known as a winner, nobody will ever look back and see the number of Super Bowls he had won, he will never be known for his playoff appearances, and he will never be known as an MVP.

“Pro Bowl” Joe I think I would be speaking for all Cleveland Browns fans when I say that you deciding to retire before the 2018 NFL season is a giant mistake in your career. With the moves that the team is accomplishing this early in the offseason, this team might even have a shot at making the playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons. Instead, when the Browns can be playing in a meaningful game to end the season, you will be sitting in the broadcast booth in the shadows of Tony Romo possibly calling a meaningless game.

Hopefully, Joe Thomas realizes that he will not be playing alongside the likes of Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor.

Good Luck in your future endeavors Joe Thomas.

Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on



  1. Hal Shapiro

    March 14, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Joe went out the way he played his whole career, with complete class. Which is not something I can say about this hack, wanna be journalist. Go to Pittsburgh you loser

  2. Brock

    March 14, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Joe Thomas “The GOAT” who played for a terrible team year in and year out, put everything he had out there EVERY PLAY. Who loves the city of Cleveland, the fans and football with his whole heart and you….a bagofdicks want to say he will live in the shadows of Tony Romo broadcasting a meaningless game? Do you wake up every day with pain in your fingers from meaningless typing? Struggle to get out of bed after a pos article? Know you can’t write the next day because your not as good as you once were per total reflection? Joe knew. You hang it up right? The difference…There’s a bunch of bagofdick wannabe writers just like you. There’s only 1 class act GOAT named Joe Thomas. Is he making a mistake…nope. He’s choosing a happy life with his wife over more pain and turmoil. Life after football should be great, not hell. Not being in it 100% could change your life forever. So kudos to Joe and much love from your FF Family. Can’t wait to watch those meaningless games.

  3. Joe

    March 14, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Matt Loede this is garbage. You need to cut this article and this guy.

  4. Sitsuj

    March 14, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    I agree with Joe. This is an unsolicited attack against one of the all time great Browns. This joker not only shows his own ignorance, but ruins the credibility of your site. If I were an advertiser, I would pull my ads. Since I am not, I will just stop visiting your site. I don’t like to waste my time reading uninformed opinions of morons that like taking chair shots off their heads for fun.

  5. Michael

    March 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    If this guy had done ANY research at all, he would have known that the Browns were informed of Joe Thomas’s decision to retire several weeks ago, but for competitive reasons, both sides chose to keep it quiet until the official start of free agency. This guy is a total hack, who has no idea what he is talking about. Drop him and grab a 12 yr old who plays madden 3 times a week, he couldn’t do any worse.

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