Armonty Bryant almost had a very short tenure with the Browns.
The seventh-round pick was arrested for DUI only six days after being picked. The Browns considered renouncing their rights to the defensive end, who had been arrested in October 2012 on a marijuana charge.
“We discussed all the options and ultimately decided that we wanted to bring him in and sit down and talk to him, and that’s the process we went through,” coach Rob Chudzinski said Friday, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“You have to give guys every chance, every opportunity, and I feel really good about the structure that we’ll have around him to give him every chance. He’ll be evaluated consistently and constantly just like all our players are, and time will tell.”
Actually, the rule is that the good players get a second chance, and the slappies become the examples. Since it’s too early to know precisely where Bryant falls on the football-skill spectrum, he’ll get a chance to prove he’s not one of the guys who lose their jobs when they get in trouble.
Bryant said that defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who had past issues with drunk driving while working for the Lions, has helped the rookie work through a difficult situation.
“He’s actually had my back and he’s helped me through this situation also and I feel like he’s a great mentor,” Bryant said of Cullen. “I just made a stupid mistake at the time. But now I’m just going to let my actions speak for me.”
Even without the arrest, a seventh-round pick is hardly a lock to win a job on the 53-man roster. It could end up being harder for Bryant, regardless of whether he picks up a third strike.