Browns defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey is facing a misdemeanor assault charge in Harris County (Texas), according to cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. The second-year D-lineman was arrested Monday night.
Winfrey faces a charge of assaulting a family member, per court records, which indicate he grabbed a woman he was dating and “unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly” caused her bodily harm. Winfrey, 22, allegedly grabbed Brianna Mack and pulled her with his hand. He is free on a $1K bond.
The Browns drafted Winfrey in the fourth round last year. Although the team did not make much of an effort to upgrade at defensive tackle during the 2022 offseason, Winfrey did not start any games. Browns coaches also benched Winfrey at points due to maturity issues, Cabot notes. The 6-foot-4 D-lineman was a healthy scratch in multiple games last season.
The Oklahoma product did play regularly, however, lining up for 341 defensive plays with Cleveland as a rookie. He missed four games overall, landing in concussion protocol at one point, and part of the absence was related to a scooter accident.
Cleveland has since added Dalvin Tomlinson at D-tackle, with the big-ticket free agent joining lower-level adds in Trysten Hill and Maurice Hurst Jr. Three years remain on Winfrey’s rookie contract. He could face a suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, regardless of this case’s outcome.