Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant this morning got arrested on a charge of criminal mischief in Miami-Dade County. Particulars on what led to this morning’s arrest were not available, yet the Miami-Dade County Corrections website post indicates that he got booked at 9:24 a.m. ET.
There is never a great time for an arrest, yet Bryant couldn’t have chosen a worse time to place on a state-issued bracelets as he will become an unrestricted free agent when free agency begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 12.
Originally out of Harvard University in 2009 Bryant signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent. He made the 53-man roster as a rookie and was active for 31 of the 32 games during his first two seasons in the league. He accounted for about 30 percent of the defensive snaps.=
Every season of his career he has seen an increase in playing time. In 2010 he posted 2.5 sacks and then started 10 of 16 games in 2011. Registered a career-high five sacks and as a restricted free agent re-signed with the Raiders in 2012 guaranteeing his base salary at $1.927 million.
Started in half of the games during the past season, yet played 60 percent of the snaps posting four sacks. Bryant has drawn interest on the free agent market. The arrest decrease his market value and effect his next contract that an organization offers him.
The funny thing about all this is that it all started with a rumor on Twitter that the player arrested was Dallas Cowboys wide receiver , who has a history of off-field issues, Bryant (the Cowboy) heard the rumors of his arrest and, as current NFL players do, reacted on his Twitter page.
“That’s kinda weird, you know?” Dez Bryant reacted…