Jason Cole of B/R is reporting that the Broncos, Browns, Rams, Redskins and Packers have shown the most interest and done the most background work on Florida DT Caleb Brantley the past two days.
Cole recently reported that the attorney for Brantley, who is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly knocking a woman unconscious, mentioned that his client was approached about a financial settlement on Tuesday. However, Brantley declined the offer and has no plans to settle with his accuser, even though the NFL draft is just a few days away, according to Cole.
Cole added that the bar owner said that the alleged victim “repeatedly” hit Brantley in the chest and arms and a security guard added that she punched him in the mouth.
The security guard who witnessed the incident told Cole that the alleged victim was never unconscious and Brantley pushed her away but did not punch her.
Earlier in the day, Alex Marvez reported that at least one team has removed Brantley from their draft boards because of character concerns.
Brantley is facing a misdemeanor charge for allegedly knocking a woman unconscious.
The police report says that Brantley and the woman were engaged in a verbal altercation over some crude comments made by Brantley. The women pushed Brantley and he allegedly responded by striking her and ultimately knocking her unconscious. The women suffered dental injuries that included a displaced tooth, which will require a root canal.
According to the report, Brantley’s force was “clearly out of retaliation and not self-defense” and exceed what was considered “reasonable or necessary.”
When asked about whether a decision to pursue a case against Brantley, State Attorney Bill Cervone made it clear that a decision won’t come by Thursday.
“I don’t care about the NFL draft, and I don’t believe there’s any way we will make a decision before Thursday,” Cervone said. “The police filed their report with us Friday and we’re trying to figure out what’s what.”
Brantley was believed to be in the mix to be a second-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but an incident such as this could very likely lead to him going undrafted.
During his three-year college career at Florida, Brantley recorded 80 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a recovery over the course of 31 games.
We’ll have more regarding Brantley and this situation as the news is available.