Former Texans center Chris Myers announced today that he has decided to retire from the NFL, according to John P. Lopez (Twitter link), who passes along comments Myers made on Sports Radio 610 in Houston. Myers himself has since confirmed the decision on his Twitter account, thanking the Texans, the Broncos, his family, and the fans.
Myers, who turns 34 next month, was a sixth-round draft pick in 2005, going 200th overall to the Broncos. The former Miami Hurricanes lineman became Denver’s full-time center in 2007, then joined the Texans in 2008, starting every game for the team over the course of the next seven seasons.
For his career, Myers appeared in 153 games, starting 128 of them. The veteran center also earned Pro Bowl nods in 2011 and 2012, excelling in Gary Kubiak‘s zone-blocking scheme for most of his time in Houston. There had been some speculation that Kubiak would attempt to bring Myers with him back to Denver this offseason, but there was never any indication that the Broncos seriously pursued the free agent lineman.
In Houston, former left guard Ben Jones appears poised to take over at center this season for Myers, marking the first time since 2007 that anyone else has started at the position for the Texans.