There’s organizational dysfunction, and then there’s the Cleveland Browns. After 11 dismal seasons and 20 different starting quarterbacks, left tackle Joe Thomas is retiring after 11 seasons, likely to hit the broadcast booth.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said, via the team website. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.”

“From the moment I was drafted, the city embraced me in a way that I could never fully describe. I am proud to call Cleveland home. The loyalty and passion of the fans is unmatched and it was an honor to play in front of them from the past 11 years. I would like to thank all of the coaches, teammates, staff, fans and everyone who has shown me support throughout my career. Even though I will be hanging up my cleats, I will always be a Cleveland Brown.”
Thomas, drafted 3rd overall out of Wisconsin in 2007, never missed a snap in his career until he tore his triceps tendon on Oct. 22 of last season.


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