Browns quarterback T., Jr. Yates, the first quarterback drafted in the NFL in 20 years, has been released by the team after his season-ending shoulder injury.
He was released by Cleveland and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Browns announced Friday that Yates had returned to practice and that the team has “resolved the matter.”
The team did not release a statement.
Yates is the first player drafted in Browns history to have his career ended with a shoulder injury and the first Browns quarterback to have a season ending injury since 2000.
The 30-year-old Yates is one of the Browns most important players in the passing game, making plays all over the field.
His play and playmaking ability led to the Browns first three playoff wins in the franchise’s history and his performance in the playoffs has earned him several Pro Bowl nods.
He threw three touchdown passes and completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns in the postseason.
Yates has played in three postseason games, completing 17 of 32 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown.
He has been held under 300 yards passing in each of his last three starts.
The team announced Friday he will be placed on injured reserve.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he “couldn’t be happier” with Yates’ return.
The franchise released the following statement: “We are extremely disappointed to learn that T.
Jr. Yates will be released by our organization.
Jr. was a tremendous player for our organization, and he will always be remembered for his leadership and passion for the game.
Our team is committed to building upon the success that TJr.
has had in the past, and we are excited to welcome him back into the fold.”
Yates has spent the past two seasons with the Eagles.
In 2017, the Browns signed him to a four-year, $31 million contract extension.