Chris Simms was acquitted Wednesday of driving while high on marijuana.
Simms, a backup quarterback with the Tennessee Titans last season, was arrested last July in New York on his way home to New Jersey after dinner with his then-pregnant wife and two friends.
According to a police officer, Simms’ Mercedes-Benz SUV smelled of marijuana. Simms took an alcohol breath test that was negative but declined a urine test that could have shown drug use. Simms’ friend, Charles Granatell, testified that he was the only one that smoked marijuana.
Simms turned down a deal that wouldn’t have resulted in jail time but would have required him to plead guilty to the misdemeanor noncriminal driving-while-impaired violation. If he had pleaded guilty or been convicted, Simms could have been suspended by the NFL.
Simms, 30, is currently listed on the Titans roster. He did not play in any games last year. He has started just 16 games and thrown for 12 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in an eight-year NFL career that has featured stops in Tampa Bay (2003-07), Tennessee (2008 and 2010) and Denver (2009).
His future with the Titans franchise looks bleak, considering it just drafted Jake Locker in the first round and have Rusty Smith under contract. Team officials also have said they intend to acquire a veteran quarterback either through a trade or free agency once issues related to the current lockout are resolved.
Simms, who was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2003 draft, is the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms — currently an analyst for CBS. Simms’ brother, Matt, is a backup quarterback at the University of Tennessee.