Updating another news item for the AFC North police blotter (I mean blog), Cleveland Browns rookie defensive end Armonty Bryant pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI charges Tuesday and received a one-year deferred sentence, according to The Plain Dealer. The next step is for the Browns' new regime to decide Bryant's future.
The team is apparently sticking with linebacker Quentin Groves, who was arrested last month in a sting operation for soliciting a prostitute. The situation is more complicated with Bryant, who was arrested eight months ago for selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.
The Browns will either take a hard-line stance by cutting ties with a seventh-round pick who has not learned his lesson, or they will go the more lenient route and keep him on the team.
Even though there is a good chance Bryant won't make the team, this is an important decision for CEO Joe Banner, general manager Mike Lombardi and coach Rob Chudzinski. It sets a precedent going forward for these decision-makers.
"We're going on premise that he'll be accepted by the Browns at rookie camp," Armonty Bryant's agent told The Plain Dealer. "Haven't heard otherwise.''
The Browns open rookie minicamp on Friday. Let's see if the team welcomes Bryant with open arms.