Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle (90) Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders DT Desmond Bryant Arrested In Florida

The Miami-Dade Corrections website lists one Desmond Bryant as an in custody inmate. That Bryant has been confirmed as the same Bryant who was an undrafted free agent out of Harvard that has played for the Raiders the last four years and is slated to become a free agent.

No official word on what has occurred but Bryant was arrested for “criminal mischief” whatever that exactly means.

Bryant has become a valued member of the Raiders defensive line filling in for Richard Seymour in 2012 as the future Hall of Fame lineman missed most of the season due to injury. In previous years Bryant has been a key contributor in the line’s rotation while making the occasional start when needed.

Currently he’s slated to hit the free agent market and will no doubt get plenty of offers. Retaining Bryant has got to be among Reggie McKenzie’s top priorities as the Raiders are likely to overhaul most of their D-line this offseason.

Without knowing anything of this situation it is unfair to speculate. That said the league is sure to take action if more comes of this arrest and that could impact Bryant’s value on the open market. NFL general managers will have to weigh the positives and negatives of signing a player that could possibly face suspension to begin the next season.

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