In a move that should surprise no one, the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Bucs have decided not to use their franchise tag on Antonio Bryant again this year.
In fact, the Bucs aren’t expected to use the franchise or transition tag on any players.
It would cost the Bucs more than $10 million to franchise Bryant again, and he only had 600 yards last season. It looks like the Bucs will move on from Bryant at his current asking price and the eighth-leading receiver from 2008 should do well on the open market.
We wonder if one of his former teams — Cleveland — would be interested. Jon Gruden could speak to Mike Holmgren about how valuable Bryant was for him.
The Dolphins are another team that makes sense on paper. They love physical receivers and have a need. Bill Parcells and Bryant have a history together — Parcells once traded him — but the two have since kept in touch.
Of course, we’re just throwing stuff against the wall here. We’ll see if any of it sticks like the jersey Bryant once threw at Parcells.