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Six-time All-Pro offensive lineman Joe Thomas, shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis and speedy pass rusher Dwight Freeney headline the list of nine first-year eligible players picked among the 129 nominees for the 2023 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The other first-year eligibles are running back Chris Johnson, offensive lineman Jahri Evans, linebackers NaVorro Bowman and James Harrison; defensive back Kam Chancellor and punter Shane Lechler.

The nine new candidates combined for 52 Pro Bowl berths, 30 first-team All-Pro selections, with five of the nine winning Super Bowls and five making an all-decade team. Johnson also won an Offensive Player of the Year award in 2009 and Harrison was picked as top defensive player in 2008.

Thomas was one of the top tackles in the league over a durable 11-year career that saw him selected first-team All-Pro six times and second team two other times. He had a streak of 10,363 consecutive plays while playing for the Browns his entire career.

Revis, who also came out in the 2007 draft, moved around much more, spending time with the Jets, Tampa Bay, New England and Kansas City.

His best play came in New York where he was a first-team All-Pro from 2009-11 and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2009 when he repeatedly shut down top receivers by sending them to “Revis Island.”

Revis spent one year in New England, helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl in the 2014 season.

Freeney spent most of his 16-year career in Indianapolis where his speed off the edge and dominant spin move led to 125 1/2 career sacks. He anchored a defense that complemented a high-powered offense led by Peyton Manning and helped the Colts win the Super Bowl following the 2006 season.

The list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January before the selection committee discusses and chooses the class of 2023 that will be enshrined in August.

The 15 finalists will be trimmed to 10 and then five during the selection meeting early next year. The final five candidates will need to get 80% of the votes from the panel to get into the Hall.

The roster of nominees consists of 67 offensive players, 50 defensive players and 12 special teamers.

Finalists from 2022 re-nominated for next year are defensive end Jared Allen, tackle Willie Anderson, defensive back Ronde Barber, returner Devin Hester, receivers Torry Holt, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne; linebackers Zach Thomas and Patrick Willis; and edge rusher DeMarcus Ware.

The committee will also consider former Chargers and Cardinals coach Don Coryell in the coaching category and three senior candidates: Super Bowl V MVP Chuck Howley and All-Pro defenders Joe Klecko and Ken Riley.

They also will get in if they get support from at least 80% of voters in January.

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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez have called in a star-studded cast of reinforcements for their bid to purchase the New York Mets.

According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, the list of investors now involved with A-Rod and JLo include:

The group entered an initial bid of $1.7 billion to buy the MLB franchise, with A-Rod and JLo contributing $300 million. While Steve Cohen’s reported bid is $2 billion, the Wilpon family that currently owns the Mets reportedly prefers to sell to A-Rod’s group if the bids are close.

“Being a former athlete and having a chance to be a part of a group trying to purchase a professional team, it’s pretty cool,” Urlacher said on Monday. “It’s especially cool to be involved with Alex. Alex is the man. You’ve got Kelce, Joe Thomas, DeMarco Murray. It’s great to be in a group with them.”

If his professional football efforts weren’t enough, Joe Thomas’ broadcasting career continues on its meteoric rise.

The former Browns tackle and future Hall of Famer has officially joined NFL Network as a pre- and post-game analyst for Thursday Night Football, NFL Media announced Wednesday. 

“I am thrilled to join NFL Network and Thursday Night Football,” Thomas said in a press release. “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 began his behind-the-microphone life while still playing for the Browns, hosting a video interview series titled The Joe Thomas Hour before moving on to start The ThomaHawk Show podcast with former Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins. He also made guest analyst appearances on ESPN and NFL Network, which he has continued beyond his playing career.

Thomas also makes semi-regular appearances on ESPN 850 WKNR’s Cleveland Browns Daily and was part of draft coverage surrounding the Browns last month. He served as an analyst during last season’s Thursday Night Football broadcast of the Browns’ Week 3 win over the New York Jets in Cleveland.

As for that playing career: Thomas played 10,363 consecutive snaps with the Browns, never missing a down from the first game of his rookie season in 2007 until his unfortunate triceps injury, which ended his 2017 season early and was ultimately the last down of his career. He retired after the season and moved into other ventures, including the aforementioned broadcasting opportunities, while also becoming a svelte version of himself, losing 60 pounds in the process.

Following his retirement from the NFL, former Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has already started on his next career move.

The future Hall of Famer has auditioned for broadcast roles at Fox and ESPN, sources told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. In particular, Fox was “very impressed” by Thomas, adds Marchand.

Thomas has been known for his clear analysis and honesty about the game with reporters and on social media during his playing career and began podcasting with former teammate Andrew Hawkins in January.

Fox has also reportedly been interested in adding Peyton Manning and Jason Witten to their team this offseason.

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey has been on the job for a little over a month, and offensive tackle Joe Thomas may already be auditioning to eventually replace him.

Speaking on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” show Wednesday morning, Thomas presented his plans for the team’s offseason, which the Browns enter with over $110 million in cap space.

“I would actually sign Kirk Cousins, and then I would use the first and fourth pick on the best players available, probably (running back) Saquon Barkley and one of the defensive players,” said Thomas.

Barkley is widely regarded as a top-five pick in this year’s draft. He rushed for 1,271 yards on 217 attempts and scored 23 total touchdowns for Penn State this season.

Cousins passed for 4,093 yards and 27 touchdowns with 13 interceptions for the Washington Redskins in 2017. He added four rushing touchdowns, a mark he’s met or exceeded in each of the past three seasons.

The Redskins have the first opportunity to retain him for the 2018 season under the franchise tag, but if they decline, he’s expected to be the top quarterback available in free agency.

Thomas wants his team to use its abundance of cap space to sign the veteran, as opposed to taking a chance on another rookie or trading picks for another option.

Should the Browns follow Thomas’ plan, he envisions a quick fix for the NFL’s first 0-16 team since the 2008 Detroit Lions.

“All of a sudden you’re a heck of a lot better, immediately overnight,” he said.

The Cleveland Browns are giving a raise to injured offensive tackle Joe Thomas, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL, league sources told ESPN’s Field Yates.

The improved contract features $3 million in new money to be split over the remainder of 2017 and 2018, with a $1.5-million roster bonus paid out this past week. Thomas’ base salary for 2018 will now be $10.3 million, a raise of $1.5 million from what he was due to receive.

Thomas is expected to take home a total of $13.5 million in 2018 in base salary and bonuses. It will be the highest figure of any offensive lineman.

The raise comes with Thomas ruled out for the remainder of the current season due to a triceps injury. He had played 10,363 consecutive snaps prior to the injury, making the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons in the NFL.

When Joe Thomas hangs up his cleats, he’ll be a lock for the Hall of Fame.

But could the longtime Cleveland Browns left tackle be eligible for Canton sooner than anyone thought? Thomas hinted that his playing future could be up in the air Monday following confirmation that a triceps injury will sideline him for the rest of the season.

“Am I done playing? I don’t know,” said Thomas, according to Pat McManamon of ESPN. “I think that’s a decision that’s best talked about in the offseason.”

Thomas added he wants to wait for a less emotional time to consider his future, with a six-to-nine month recovery period looming.

The 10-time Pro Bowler has one year left on his current contract, but again, he opted to table that discussion until after the campaign.

“We’ll see how things shake out in the offseason,” said Thomas, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

Thomas’ injury will force him to miss the first game of his illustrious 11-year NFL career.

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It may be early, but the leader of the Cleveland Browns locker room has liked what he’s seen from the guy who will hopefully replace him one day.

After just a few weeks as a member of the Browns, Myles Garrett has made a solid impression on All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas.

“I’m just impressed with his demeanor and his willingness to learn and his humbleness,” Thomas told Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com on Tuesday. “But also you see that fire that’s burning inside him to be great and I think those are the hallmarks of guys that have a chance to be really excellent football players.”

Garrett has admitted that he can’t fix the Browns on his own as the club looks to recover from a 1-15 season in 2016, but Thomas thinks that taking the edge rusher in this year’s draft was the best move for the organization.

“It’s an impactful player at a position of need,” Thomas said. “And I think sometimes people reach for a quarterback at No. 1 and then it takes a long time to develop him and if they don’t have the right system and the right people in place around them, sometimes it’s hard for them to have that success.”

Thomas and Garrett will likely be seeing plenty of each other in training camp as they line up opposite one another in scrimmages and positions drills. Thomas says the rookie has already shown an interest in learning about how to improve, and the left tackle will be more than happy to teach him a thing or two after a decade with the Browns.

“He’s shown an interest in learning and I’m a player that really likes to try to help teach and impart any wisdom that I’ve gotten over the ages on some of those young guys,” Thomas said. “So it will be fun for me, too, to be able to try to help as best as I can and try to get him to think like an offensive tackle and hopefully turn him into the great player I think he can be.”

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Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas provided a cautionary tale about the perils of professional football Thursday.

Thomas appeared on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger,” where he spoke candidly about Roger Goodell, the NFL’s inconsistent disciplinary process, and his own fight against brain injuries.

The 10-time Pro Bowler said he’s already experiencing memory loss, but isn’t sure whether to attribute it to his football career.

“I definitely expect memory loss,” Thomas said. “I’m already seeing memory loss, and maybe that’s just because of my old age, or maybe it’s football. It’s hard to tell, I mean there’s no double-blind studies when it comes to people’s lives.”

Thomas hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and remains the NFL’s pre-eminent left tackle, earning his seventh first-team All-Pro selection in 2016. Nonetheless, Thomas’ concern about his memory loss is an indicator that significant work needs to be done by the NFL in terms of reducing the potential for severe brain injuries.

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Joe Thomas joked prior to the Super Bowl that watching his friend, Atlanta Falcons center Alex Mack, lose the big game would be worth it to see commissioner Roger Goodell hand the Lombardi Trophy to the New England Patriots.

The Cleveland Browns left tackle got his wish, as New England prevailed and Goodell was forced to present Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Robert Kraft with their fifth Super Bowl trophy.

During a Thursday appearance on “PFT Live,” Thomas said he enjoyed watching every moment of the postgame ceremony.

“I especially enjoyed how overeager Roger was to smile at all the Patriots and give them a big handshake, but then as soon as he gave them the trophy he scurried off the stage like a rat,” Thomas said, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “It was awesome.”

The 10-time Pro Bowler hasn’t been shy about expressing opinions on Goodell and the league recently, saying he finds himself caring less whether people have issues with him as he gets older.