Around the NFL: Browns almost dropped draft pick after his DUI

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Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said yesterday that the team contemplated cutting ties with seventh-round pick Armonty Bryant following his DUI arrest, but opted to give him another chance.

The DUI came on the heels of Bryant’s marijuana arrest in October, and a promise to the Browns on draft day not to let them down.

“We discussed all the options and ultimately decided that we wanted to bring him in and sit down and talk to him, and that’s the process we went through,” Chudzinski said after the first practice of rookie minicamp yesterday.

Bryant, a pass-rushing end out of East Central University in Oklahoma, feared the Browns would drop him.

“I’m just fortunate the Browns still have faith in me and this organization and everything,” he said. “Hopefully, I can win a spot on this 53-man roster.”

Te’o just wants to play

Manti Te’o practiced for the first time with the San Diego Chargers, determined to push the infamous girlfriend hoax and his lackluster national championship play into the past.

“I’m here to play football,” the second-round draft pick said. “I’m not focusing on what is going on on the outside. I’m worried about what we’re doing here in San Diego and I’m looking forward to when the veterans come in on Monday.”

The Chargers traded up in the second round to select the linebacker from Notre Dame.

He slipped out of the first round in part because of a poor performance in the championship game against Alabama.

Te’o also became the butt of national jokes after it was revealed he was duped into an Internet romance with a girlfriend who didn’t exist.

Extra points

The Detroit Lions signed Ezekiel Ansah to a five-year contract. The defensive end from Brigham Young was the fifth overall pick of last month’s draft. ... The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent linebacker Karlos Dansby to a one-year contract. Drafted by Arizona in 2004, he spent the past three seasons with Miami.

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