Former Browns, Lions and Raiders DE Armonty Bryant announced Monday that he’s retiring from the NFL due to end-stage renal failure.
However hard this may be, and although not the way I wanted to end my career, God has a funny way of timing things out in our lives. Just before I got a chance to finish my career strong I was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. Due to this I am forced to announce my official retirement from the sport I have eaten, breathed, slept, dreamt and loved for my entire life. But this isn’t the end. This is just the beginning of so much more that is coming. I have started a business with a woman I soon get to call my wife. And these opportunities we have together are endless. This is just the start of something out of this world huge! Be ready and stay tuned for all that’s coming from the Bryant’s! #AstrokidsGym #Akgyms #AustinTX #AK #NFL
Bryant, 27, is a former seventh-round pick of the Browns back in 2013. The Browns elected to waive him in 2016 and was claimed by the Lions after severing a suspension to open the season.
Bryant played out the final year of his four-year, $2.221 million rookie contract and re-signed with the Lions to a one-year, $855,000 contract last year. However, Detroit released a few weeks after he finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse.
The Raiders signed him to a contract back in April before releasing him shortly after this year’s draft.
In 2016, Bryant has appeared in five games for the Lions and recorded five tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble.