The Cleveland Browns have parted ways with defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey, their fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL draft, following a reported incident involving a gun and two women at a Cleveland hotel on Tuesday night.
According to Cleveland police, Winfrey is under investigation for allegedly threatening a woman in the hotel lobby and displaying a firearm. He then followed the women, who knew him and snatched a phone from one of them, who was recording the encounter. He fled the scene before the police arrived. No arrests or charges have been made yet.
This is not the first time Winfrey has been in trouble with the law or the team. In June, he was arrested in Houston for allegedly kicking down the door of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and having a confrontation with her. The charges were later dropped and the Browns decided to keep him on the roster.
Poor performance and discipline issues, however, ruined Winfrey’s rookie season. He was suspended by the team in Week 2 for an unspecified reason, possibly for missing a practice or a meeting. He was also inactive for two games due to a coach’s decision. In Week 11, he suffered a concussion after crashing his scooter into a lamp post. He finished the year with only 22 tackles, one tackle for loss, and half a sack in 13 games.
The Browns now have an open spot on their 53-man roster and will need to add depth at defensive tackle, where they are already thin. They could look for a veteran free agent to fill the void, such as Matt Loannidis, who can play multiple positions on the defensive line and is affordable compared to other options.