Just like that, after weeks' worth of bad news, Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer is in the clear legally. A misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a July 12 arrest has been dropped - as have charges against Kromer's 21-year-old son, Zachery - at the request of the victims' parents. A settlement, it is presumed, has been reached.
Charges have been dropped against Aaron and Zachery Kromer, assistant Florida state attorney Bobby Elmore tells me.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) July 31, 2015
Elmore said that they received written letters from parents of both alleged victims to drop charges and case reached "amicable resolution."— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) July 31, 2015
Press release from Florida state attorney's office on Kromer charges being dropped pic.twitter.com/t8KhzUgWOr— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) July 31, 2015
What that means for Kromer's coaching future with the Bills is, at this point in time, not crystal clear. Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News reports that the Bills are expected to suspend Kromer without pay for the start of the regular season - they apparently have not yet determined for how many games they'll be doing so - but that he's also expected to coach the Bills' offensive line in training camp. When that might happen is, again, not yet clear.
If charges vs Aaron Kroner are dropped, #Bills are expected to suspend him without pay at start of season. He would still work camp.— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) July 31, 2015
Number of games for Kromer suspension yet to be determined.— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) July 31, 2015
For now, Kromer's assistant line coach, Kurt Anderson, is coaching up the Bills' offensive linemen at training camp. Kromer's former assistant line coach in Chicago, Pat Meyer, was also hired by the Bills on Friday under a nebulous title.