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Former Browns star Joe Thomas lands analyst job at NFL Network

Joe Thomas has lined up an analyst job with NFL Network, and the former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman’s initial responsibilities will involve contributing to pregame and postgame coverage for “Thursday Night Football.”

“I am thrilled to join NFL Network and Thursday Night Football,” Thomas said in a press release, via the Browns’ official site. “Throughout my playing career, I quickly realized there are few events which can rival the excitement and action of primetime NFL games, and having the chance to be a part of that atmosphere each week is something I greatly look forward to.”

Thomas will also be featured in NFL Network’s coverage of Super Bowl LIV, the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft, according to NFL.com. He is also expected to make appearances on programs such as “NFL Total Access” and “NFL GameDay Morning.”

The outspoken, gregarious and charismatic Thomas, who has entertained offers from other networks since his retirement, certainly has all the tangible qualities sought in an analyst. NFL Network should be credited with its decision to bring him aboard, though it merits noting the Thomas hire is being obscured by more pressing news that has surfaced involving the network.

Thomas’ NFL career prematurely came to an end during the 2017 NFL season after his unbelievable 10,363 consecutive snaps came to an end due to an arm injury. He announced his retirement the following March.