Armonty Bryant lands in Oakland

Oakland Raiders photoDefensive end Armonty Bryant, a former East Central University player, has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Former East Central University star defensive end Armonty Bryant has found a new NFL home.

The Oakland Raiders signed Bryant earlier this month.

Bryant was released by the Lions last October shortly after he was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. It was the third time Bryant has been suspended since entering the NFL as a 2013 seventh-round pick of the Browns.

When Bryant hasn’t been suspended, he has appeared in 36 games for Cleveland and Detroit. He’s racked up 11.5 sacks in those games, so the Raiders are likely hoping that Bryant can stay out of trouble long enough to give their pass rush a boost in 2018.

Bryant also totaled 44 tackles, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his playing days.

Bryant didn’t play last season after his release from the Lions.

A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Bryant appeared in 30 games over three seasons at East Central and totaled 165 tackles and 27.5 sacks over his career with the Tigers.

His 27.5 career sacks set a school record.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.