Armonty Bryant reported for rookie minicamp on Thursday as expected, after pleading guilty to a DUI this week and despite plenty of fans and media members calling for the Browns to cut ties with the seventh-round draft choice. Bryant (6-4, 263) will take the field Friday-Sunday with the other rookies, including first-round pick Barkevious Mingo, third-rounder Leon McFadden and seventh-round pick Garrett Gilkey. The Browns' sixth-round pick, safety Jamoris Slaughter, is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to be limited. Bryant's agent, Marc Lillibridge, told The Plain Dealer this week that Bryant was remorseful after the DUI and hopeful the Browns would give him a chance. The drunk driving arrest came a week after the Browns took a gamble on Bryant following his arrest in October for twice selling $20 of marijuana to an undercover police officer in the parking lot of East Central University in Oklahoma. "He was very distraught and felt he let a lot of people down, especially the Cleveland Browns," Lillibridge said. "He was adamant about getting a hold of [General Manager] Mike Lombardi and making sure the Browns heard it from him." Bryant is the second newcomer the Browns have stood by following an arrest shortly after they joined the team. The first was veteran linebacker Quentin Groves, who was picked up for soliciting a prostitute in a local sting operation. The Browns investigated both situations and felt comfortable keeping both players on the roster. Lillibridge said Bryant, a pass-rushing defensive end, learned his lesson and is going to stay at home and play video games instead of going to parties. "He's not leaving the house," said Lillibridge. A source said the Browns feel they have a good support system in place and will be able to provide Bryant with some guidance.
Armonty Bryant looks to make some positive news in rookie camp
Cleveland Plain Dealer | May 10