PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne is facing a lesser charge after taking a plea deal following his April 23 arrest in northeast Ohio. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Layne, 23, was pulled over last month on I-90 going 89 mph in a 60 mph zone. During the stop, police found a loaded pistol. Layne was arrested on suspicion of felony transportation of a firearm inside of a vehicle and two misdemeanor charges - driving with a suspended license and exceeding the speed limit, according to court reports.
Layne took a plea deal for misdemeanor possessing criminal tools. He received six months probation, 32 hours of community service, a $500 fine, and was ordered to pay court costs.
Layne, the Steelers third-round pick in 2019, played in all 16 games last season. The Steelers signed four undrafted defensive backs and drafted Tre Norwood in the seventh-round.
In 26 games, Layne has totaled 25 tackles and no interceptions. He played 117 defensive snaps and 261 (57%) of special teams reps in 2020.