Browns Release Center JC Tretter

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CLEVELAND, OHIO - DECEMBER 08: JC Tretter #64 of the Cleveland Browns plays against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Photo: (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND - The Browns have terminated the contract of center JC Tretter and gave him his unconditional release.

Tretter joined the Browns as an unrestricted free agent in 2017. After signing, he played 78 consecutive games without missing an offensive snap until Week 16 at Green Bay on Dec. 25, 2021, after being placed on the COVID-19 list. He helped the Browns lead the NFL in rushing average in 2021 with a 5.09 mark, the highest average by a Browns team since 1966.

Originally a fourth-round pick by Green Bay in 2013, Tretter has appeared in 111 career games with 90 starts.

Browns Vice President of Football Operations and GM Andrew Berry said, “For the past five seasons, JC has been a mainstay and iron man at center for us. He came to our organization at a time of instability and was one of the key veterans that helped turn the tide over the past several years. His leadership—both within the locker room and the field—will be missed. We wish JC well as he continues his career.”

Tretter made more than $11 million dollars with the Browns in 2021. According to is dead money cap charge in 2022 will be $1.625 million.

Tretter was recently re-elected President of the NFL Players Association and has been outspoken on player safety issues.

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