Browns decide to part ways with Wright after recent marijuana incident
The Cleveland Browns have terminated the contract of veteran cornerback Kenny Wright, the team announced Wednesday. The move comes after Wright had a recent off-the-field incident that could affect his playing status for the 2008 season.
On April 3, Wright was incarcerated after reportedly being caught with marijuana in his vehicle in Pearland, Texas, and leading police on a quarter-mile foot chase. The Browns have looked into the incident, talked about it with Wright and decided to release him.
The team released a statement Wednesday on Wright's release shortly after concluding their second day of organized team activities (OTAs). Wright was not present at the workout, and coach Romeo Crennel was asked afterward if the 30-year-old was still on the team.
"He still has a contract at this time," Crennel said.
Wright faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint, evading arrest and possession of marijuana. Police in Pearland said officers were investigating a disturbance in the police station parking lot around 11:30 a.m. on April 3. When officers approached Wright, he took off running and was eventually caught in a nearby subdivision.
Police said they found 1.875 ounces of marijuana in Wright's vehicle.
Wright had two years remaining on a three-year, $2.9 million contract he signed with the Browns before the 2007 season. Last year he played in seven games, recording six tackles.
Wright also had stints with the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins. He recorded 364 tackles, three sacks and seven interceptions during his nine-year career.
James Walker covers the NFL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.