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Browns' Bryant has moved on from arrest

Thursday - 3/14/2013, 6:21pm  ET

TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant put on a much better face than the one that went viral recently.

Bryant, who signed a five-year, $34 million free agent contract with Cleveland earlier this week, apologized Thursday for his recent arrest, which was followed by his infamous police mug shot -- his eyes half closed, his tongue sticking out -- that became a social media target and was lampooned by late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Bryant was arrested in Miami on Feb. 24 on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. The former Oakland Raiders lineman allegedly entered a neighbor's house inebriated and caused a commotion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I obviously made a mistake," Bryant said, moments after posing for photos holding his new No. 92 Browns jersey. "I apologize for everything that happened, but I feel like I've learned from it and I've moved on from that. I think I've done enough over the years I've been in the league to exhibit that's really not the person that I am.

"And I think that in time, I'll be able to show you guys and whoever else wants to know, that's really not indicative of me."

The Browns believe in his character and feel the 6-foot-6, 311-pounder will be a huge asset to their defense, overhauled in free agency with the signings of Bryant, pass-rusher Paul Kruger and linebacker Quentin Groves.

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski likes everything about Bryant, especially that he overcame long odds to make it to the NFL. Undrafted out of Harvard, Bryant was signed by the Raiders in 2009 and has played in 63 regular-season games, missing just one in four seasons. He has 124 career tackles and 11
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