Armonty Bryant Indicted on Felony Drug Charges: Latest Details, Reaction

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 10, 2016

Cleveland Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant (95) against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Armonty Bryant was indicted Tuesday on two counts of felony drug possession. reported on the matter Wednesday, citing the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas as the source.

Bryant was arrested Christmas morning along with former teammate De'Ante Saunders, who has been indicted on a felony for improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

Saunders was released from the Browns' practice squad following the arrest. According to police, when the incident occurred, the handgun was concealed and didn't have a permit. An additional gun was discovered in the car Saunders was driving, along with marijuana, oxycodone and Adderall.

A 2013 seventh-round pick, Bryant's talent has never been in question, but the off-field issues that sunk his draft stock have continued to plague him during his NFL career.

The 25-year-old pleaded no contest in October 2012 for selling marijuana twice to an undercover operative while he attended East Central University. Bryant also entered a no-contest plea after being charged with driving under the influence in May 2013.

Cleveland's defense was among the NFL's worst this past season, but Bryant was a bright spot, registering 40 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 14 games with only two starts.

New Browns head coach Hue Jackson is known as a no-nonsense type of personality. Executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown and Jackson have both acknowledged troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel essentially doesn't have a future with the team, and Bryant may be the next to go.

Although Bryant is entering a contract year and could outperform first-round bust Barkevious Mingo and underachieving veteran Paul Kruger as a pass-rusher, Cleveland may well determine he's not worth the trouble.

Between Manziel, Bryant and star receiver Josh Gordon, who is still awaiting to see if he'll be reinstated by the NFL, Jackson and the Browns organization have a lot of non-football complications to deal with already.

The current climate of the franchise may lead Cleveland to cut Bryant loose in light of his latest run-in with the law.