Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens' request for a pre-trial conference with prosecutors was granted, Anwar Richardson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Stevens, 31, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from an October arrest. Stevens' attorney will have 30 days to work out a deal to avoid a trial on the third-degree felony charges.
Intent to distribute charges were not filed against Stevens.
Stevens appeared in five games for the Buccaneers this season, catching three passes for 43 yards before he was released two days after his arrest.
A first-round pick out of the University of Washington by the Seattle Seahawks, Stevens has 202 receptions for 2,217 yards and 22 touchdowns during his nine-year NFL.
The NFL has previously suspended Stevens for two violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, both tied to a DUI and possession of marijuana arrest in Scottsdale, Arizona a few weeks before the 2007 free agent signing period started.
Depending on how his latest legal issue shakes out, Stevens is facing a multi-game suspension from the NFL for his latest arrest.
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