The Browns have placed veteran offensive lineman Billy Yates on the reserve/retired list, a team spokesman said tonight. He no longer counts toward the team's 90-man roster limit.
In his afternoon news conference, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Yates was thinking about retiring. Yates' retirement is now official.
"It surprised me a little bit," Shurmur said. "I like Billy. Billy’s been doing a good job for us. From that standpoint, it does [surprise me]. We all have to do what we have to do."
The 31-year-old Yates was listed as the team's backup center. He recently re-signed with the Browns and was set to make a base salary of $810,000 this year.
In 2010, the 6-foot-2, 305-pound Yates started three games at right guard for the Browns before being sidelined with a season-ending biceps injury. The team went 2-1 when he was in its starting lineup.
Yates finishes his NFL career with 41 regular-season games played and 14 starts in eight seasons. He played for the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots and the Browns.