The Cleveland Browns have decided to part ways with defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey, who was involved in multiple off-the-field incidents this offseason. The team announced the release of the 2022 fourth-round pick on Wednesday, shortly after a report surfaced that he allegedly threatened a woman with a gun in downtown Cleveland on Tuesday night.
Winfrey, 22, was already facing legal troubles after he was arrested in April for assaulting his girlfriend in Houston. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and released on $1,000 bond with the case being dismissed in June after he completed a pretrial diversion program.
However, that was not the end of Winfrey's troubles as in early June, he and rookie cornerback Greg Newsome II were robbed at gunpoint outside of a Cleveland nightclub. The two players were unharmed, but the incident raised questions about Winfrey's judgment and maturity.
The final straw came on Tuesday night when Winfrey reportedly pulled a gun on a woman who insulted him in a hotel lobby. The woman and her friend captured some of the encounters on a cell phone video, which showed Winfrey chasing them with a firearm. Winfrey left the scene before the police arrived and has not been arrested. The police are still investigating the incident but it does not look good for the NFL player.
The Browns, who have high expectations for the upcoming season, decided to cut ties with Winfrey, who had shown promise as a pass rusher at Oklahoma. “The Cleveland Browns have waived DT Perrion Winfrey. Winfrey appeared in 13 games as a rookie last season and recorded 22 tackles and half of a sack,” said Browns in a statement.
The Browns are set to begin training camp this week, with rookies and quarterbacks reporting on Wednesday and veterans reporting on Friday.