The Cleveland Browns announced Friday that they’ve signed sixth-round DT Caleb Brantley to a four-year deal.
Brantley was just recently had the battery case against him dropped due to “insufficient evidence to sustain a conviction.”
The Browns elected to use the No. 185 overall pick on Brantley a few weeks ago, despite the pending legal case in which he has been charged on suspicion of misdemeanor battery for allegedly knocking a woman unconscious at a bar.
Browns executive VP Sashi Brown told reporters after they made the pick that they could still decide not to keep Brantley and added that his misdemeanor charge against Brantley was “concerning”
“This may not be something we can get comfortable with,” Brown said.
Cleveland ultimately felt that taking Brantley was worth the risk for them, even though a number of teams reportedly believed he may go undrafted.
Brantley was believed to be in the mix to be a second-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, but the incident led to him falling to the Browns in the sixth-round.
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.