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April 19, 2017

Report: Former Eagles WR Josh Huff accepts plea deal for gun arrest on Walt Whitman Bridge

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Josh Huff was released by the Eagles two days after his arrest.

Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff has reportedly accepted a plea deal that will keep him out of jail after he was arrested in November on the Walt Whitman Bridge for unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to ESPN's Jenna Laine, Huff 's attorney Andrew Smith said his client has "accepted a conditional plea, meaning he'll get six months' probation and have the charge wiped from his record as long as he completes the program."

The news was first reported by TMZ.

Huff, who was released by the Eagles following the incident and now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was the legal owner of the gun, which was registered in his home state of Texas. 

However, he failed to register the weapon in Pennsylvania and New Jersey prior to being arrested by the Camden County Police. When he was stopped for speeding heading west on the Jersey side of the bridge, Huff offered up his firearm to officers. He was also in possession of hollow-point bullets, which are illegal in New Jersey, and nearly two ounces of marijuana.

As for his two remaining charges, TMZ reports his attorney is confident they'll be dropped.

"Huff still has 2 charges pending -- DUI and tinted windows -- but his lawyer, Andrew Smith, tells us he's hopeful those will be dismissed."  []

Here's more from Huff's attorney, via ESPN:

"He has done everything right," Smith told ESPN. "He has cooperated, been upstanding and has every intention of remaining compliant. And we applaud the Camden County Prosecutor's office for their efforts and understanding of this sensitive matter."

"Josh purchased the gun in Texas legally, was properly licensed to carry in Texas and those factors were appropriately considered by the Camden County Prosecutor's office."  []

Huff, originally drafted by the Eagles in 2014 (third round) out of Oregon, caught 48 passes for 482 yards and four touchdowns (and returned two kicks for TDs) in 34 games in his Eagles career. Before being released last season, Huff caught 13 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown (and a return TD). He also appeared in three games for the Bucs last years, catching just three passes for 41.

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