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Four years, $28 million for Antonio Bryant

NFL_bryant4.jpgLast year, receiver Antonio Bryant earned nearly $10 million as Tampa’s franchise player.  Though no one expected him to average that much as an unrestricted free agent after a season marred by injury and decreased production, few thought he’d get $7 million annually on a multi-year deal.

But he did.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Bryant’s four-year deal has a value of $28 million, with another $1 million available in incentives.

It’s the same basic package the Ravens gave to receiver Anquan Boldin last week, and it’s roughly the third tier of wideout contracts beneath Larry Fitzgerald ($10 million per year) and Randy Moss and Roy Williams ($9 million).

By all appearances, the Bengals flirted with Terrell Owens to placate receiver Chad Ochocinco, and possibly to leverage Bryant.  We also think that internal discussions regarding a possible run at Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall were aimed at knocking down the expectations of both of the unrestricted free agents with whom the Bengals negotiated.

In the end, it’s a big contract by Bengals’ standards — and it instantly makes Ochocinco second fiddle in Cincinnati.

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61 Responses to “Four years, $28 million for Antonio Bryant”
  1. The Real Shuxion says: Mar 10, 2010 4:02 PM

    Would love to see the OC in NE but that probably ins’t happening.
    Good for Bryant, glad he could get his money. Athletes making lots of money does not bother me.
    If they will pay it, you should take it.
    That and I have always liked Cincinnati, ever since I was a little kid (First NFL game I remember seeing was PIT (Think it was them) @ Cinn in 1986 (3 years old))

  2. Dayton Flyer says: Mar 10, 2010 4:06 PM

    If we could get a one year contract for T.O. too they would be unstoppable. Bryant at flanker, Owens at Split End and Chad in the slot.

  3. BroncoBourque says: Mar 10, 2010 4:06 PM

    That’s a lot of money for Bryant but if he can play like he did when he was healthy 2 years ago, it will be worth it for the Bengals.
    I would say that with this signing it likely sets the floor for any Brandon Marshall contract. Bryant hasn’t exactly been a choir boy in his time in the league and if he can get $7M per year Marshall should be able to get at least that much.

  4. Big Daddy_71 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:08 PM

    Too much money.

  5. CurseofBoJackson says: Mar 10, 2010 4:09 PM

    You’re on crack. Ocho becomes second fiddle? Seriously Mike? Love stirring (and apparently smoking) the pot don’t ya? Even without drafting a WR in the draft (please get Mardy or the kid from GaTech whose name I can never remember), we have a competent core of Wr’s in Chad, Bryant, Caldwell, Cosby, Purify et al. Pass protection should be the next logical improvement.

  6. TheVillain112 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:09 PM

    “and it instantly makes Ochocinco second fiddle in Cincinnati.”
    Not really. Carson is the one that decides who plays second fiddle not the contract numbers.

  7. Mike Z says: Mar 10, 2010 4:09 PM

    That is a lot of scratch for an average player at best.

  8. robigd says: Mar 10, 2010 4:10 PM

    wow… thats a huge contract for a scrub, second-tier receiver.

  9. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Mar 10, 2010 4:10 PM

    I can’t wait to see how this plays out. Bryant will get his nose out of joint over something and become Antonio Bryant, and Ocho will create a stink about being second fiddle. Cincy will have the most dysfunctional team – again – in the NFL.

  10. chc4 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:10 PM

    I’m sure this is structured as a 1-2 year deal. Come on Florio… you should know that.

  11. thedude says: Mar 10, 2010 4:10 PM

    Isn’t that roughly what Coles got last year? Was Chad “second fiddle” to Coles? child please!

  12. Stillerz says: Mar 10, 2010 4:11 PM

    Continuing the argument from the last thread…
    Carson is overrated because he has been sourrounded with great WR talent his entire career and cant win a single playoff game. No leadership skills. He quietly goes about his job, letting the FO, WRs and fans walk all over him and does nothing about it. Where I come from we call that being a bitch not a leader…
    The Bens jokes have been old, but I guess if Rapistberger for the 100000x is the best you got, then bring it on. Football and outside life are completely seperate but you Bengals “fans” would love the allegations to somehow carry over to the football field so you dont have to worry about Ben torching you every year. Jeff Reed and Cedric Benson won the games against the Steelers this year, not Carson Palmer. Dont get it twisted…

  13. rusty trombone says: Mar 10, 2010 4:13 PM

    You are seriously mentally handicapped if you believe that this contract makes the Ocho second fiddle. Do you not realize that laveranues coles got the EXACT same contract last year and nobody said “oh this puts the Ocho on the back burner” all they said was good possible replacement for Housh. Think a little bit before you post the next article.

  14. KingGator13 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:13 PM

    I’ve got September 9th in the what day will AB get arrested as a Bengal pool!

  15. stauby522 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:13 PM

    agree with CurseofBoJackson, but bob williams is a total liability in that respect. should have looked into a few of the FA guards in my opinion.

  16. Goldhooka says: Mar 10, 2010 4:14 PM

    Waaaaaaaay too much money. Another laughable move by the bungles. The browns have won more playoff games than cinci the twenty years, and the browns were gone for five of them!!!

  17. Cincinnasty says: Mar 10, 2010 4:14 PM

    Mike Brown knows how to tick his fans off.. This is the biggest tease since Warren Sapp almost got signed.. He obviously doesn’t care about the people who pay his bills.. T.O. would have been enough to sell out every game and put major merchandise money in his pocket..

  18. vovaksm3 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:14 PM

    I wouldn’t say that it is a “big contract by Bengals’ standards ”
    It is the same contract that Coles had.
    Some sports people get fixated on the past (5+ years ago).
    Odom had a big contract. Coles had a big contract.
    The Bengals just don’t spend silly money.

  19. Good Lord No says: Mar 10, 2010 4:15 PM

    LOL @ this. Bryant is overrated and now overpaid.

  20. whodeynation09 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:17 PM

    Yeah Chad is not the number 2 to Bryant. I’m not sure how much I like this deal. It just seems if they’re gonna pay 7 million to Bryant why not just pony up the extra 3 million a year and trade for Marshall. I’d like to see them get someone like Gilyard for the slot, i’m not sold on Caldwell.

  21. footy_29 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:18 PM

    Ochocinco will still be the lead fiddle.
    I hope that comment Florio was just for shock because Bryant isn’t knocking Chad from Cincy’s #1 receiving position; Chad’s still the best receiver in Cincy.

  22. Thingamajig says: Mar 10, 2010 4:21 PM

    Talk about overpaying…..WOW

  23. sdffa11 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:23 PM

    this is also the team that gave $7mil/year to coles last year. i wouldn’t be surprised if hes cut after 1 season.

  24. heavyj39 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:24 PM

    Hopefully with this signing the Bengals can now use the 21st pick(which should have serious value with talent in this draft) and take the best available player regardless of position. Dont care if it is a safety like Mays or Thomas, or DE Dunlap, or even the gaurd Iupati.
    For the first time in my adult life this is the first draft I can remember going into were the Bengals dont need to find 3 starters. All that being said I think the Bengals best move this offseason was bringing back Zimmer. No way he lets the defense slip and they will probably be ven better if the offense can put more than 14 points a game on the board. WHO DEY!!!!

  25. Laxer37 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:24 PM

    I’m sure Ocho will be just fine making less than Antonio.
    And by just fine I mean he will lose his freaking mind!

  26. emmac13 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:25 PM

    Is this an upgrade from Coles? Cincy Bungles

  27. flavordave says: Mar 10, 2010 4:27 PM

    Must be nice to be an average player in the NFL

  28. JoeSchmoe says: Mar 10, 2010 4:29 PM

    Chad is still 1A. T.O. Might have been a 1B. Bryant is more like a 1C. The only guy that would have knocked Chad to second fiddle would have been B Marsh… and then, Chad would have been more like a 1A type.

  29. The Real Shuxion says: Mar 10, 2010 4:32 PM

    Stillerz says:
    March 10, 2010 4:11 PM
    Football and outside life are completely seperate but you Bengals “fans” would love the allegations to somehow carry over to the football field so you dont have to worry about Ben torching you every year.
    ————————————————-
    The Bengals beat the steelers twice this year.
    And Steeler fans wonder why there is so much steeler hate.

  30. Laxer37 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:33 PM

    Antonio Bryant got the same money Anquan Bolden got from the Ravens?
    Who would you rather have?
    Advantage Ravens.

  31. Cannon says: Mar 10, 2010 4:33 PM

    Wow waaaaaay too much $ for this guy. Do they still go after T.O.?

  32. thedude says: Mar 10, 2010 4:37 PM

    @STILLERZ – your an idiot – “Football and outside life are completely seperate but you Bengals “fans” would love the allegations to somehow carry over to the football field ”
    Like you and your steeler trolls have never banged on the bengals for the legal troubles of chris henry and odell thruman from 05-06 that people still cant let go of. Say what you will about them, at least they werent sex offenders.
    “Carson is overrated because he has been sourrounded with great WR talent his entire career ”
    And Rothelturder, has benefitted over the years from a great d and good running game.. we saw how well he did last year when he had to throw to win… ummm outta the playoffs! He has completed more lucky-ass-fluttering-ducks over the middle in the last few years than the rest of the league combined. he’s just lucky he has chipmunk and silky to haul in those terrible throws.
    “Jeff Reed and Cedric Benson won the games against the Steelers this year, not Carson Palmer. ”
    Guess what buddy both those guys will be playing again this year, better get used to it.

  33. cbrianwatkins says: Mar 10, 2010 4:40 PM

    robigd says:
    March 10, 2010 4:10 PM
    wow… thats a huge contract for a scrub, second-tier receiver.
    ————————————————–
    so ignorant, there are no scrubs in the NFL, they are all superior athletes, hence why you’re sitting in mommy’s basement trying to be funneh on the internet

  34. Adam says: Mar 10, 2010 4:43 PM

    WTF is Antonio Bryant? Seriously, I’ve never heard of him before free agency. Good for him getting that money.

  35. thedude says: Mar 10, 2010 4:45 PM

    @STILLERZ
    and by the way – it was Bernard Scott that torched you at home… Benson was injured.

  36. db3300 says: Mar 10, 2010 4:45 PM

    “If we could get a one year contract for T.O. too they would be unstoppable. Bryant at flanker, Owens at Split End and Chad in the slot.”
    Riiiiight. I wouldn’t exactly use the word “unstoppable” to describe the lineup. And just how do you plan on keeping all of those egos in check when one of them will be the 3rd option at best. Talk about 3 guys that are overpaid and under-performers. At least two of them are known locker room cancers and all of them are all about me,me.me. Chad at 5 mil and Bryant at 7 mil. Owens will expect to get paid about 5 mil. Yes, I’d say the Bengals would do something stupid like pay 17 million for one position (excluding the 4th/5th receivers) just to get stomped should they make the playoffs.
    I mean, seriously, do you really believe what you wrote? Not a single one of those guys scares defenses anymore. Why not go out and sign Jerry Rice and Paul Warfield while you’re at it.
    I didn’t even touch on the young guys who would pick up bad habits and have their NFL growth stunted (or just get out-right cut) just to play out an experiment with 3 WRs who will be 30, 32, and 36 when the season starts.
    Where do you people come up with this stuff?

  37. Stillerz says: Mar 10, 2010 4:48 PM

    thedude:
    Although I completely disagree with everything you said, I defend to the death your right to say it.
    That being said… NO ONE is afraid of the Bengals this season. NO ONE

  38. goetta-head says: Mar 10, 2010 4:48 PM

    TO signs a one year deal by tomorrow afternoon…watch. We basically traded Coles for Bryant a move I think is wonderful. Ocho #1, Bryant #2 and TO/Caldwell in the slot. WHo dey!

  39. windex666 says: Mar 10, 2010 5:01 PM

    Perfect, now he can finnally paint those bengal strips on his orange lambo!

  40. RavensFreak00 says: Mar 10, 2010 5:03 PM

    I was under the impression Mike Brown was too cheap to give out contracts like this.

  41. Ron E says: Mar 10, 2010 5:04 PM

    Similar contract as Coles so no surprise, I’m glad they didn’t go $10 Mil. Coles was a big bust, I had more expectations from him. He had a good work ethic and I think was a good influence on the other young WRs, not sure the same can be said about Bryant, but maybe so. Looking at the QBs this guy has had, he could do very well if Carson returns to his old form. Bryant is younger by about 3 years and is a better fit for what the Bengals need. I just hope injuries have not slowed Bryant down, seems like it is still a gamble and is a little high, but there are so few options this year.
    Chad will still be number 1, even if he doesn’t make as much. Caldwell may be much better in his 3rd year, we probably can’t judge him until after the season. Especially if Bryant can stretch the field.
    Marshall would take much more to sign, plus cost a 1st rnd pick, and there was no way to know if Marshall will turn things around, on and off the field. Marshall had issues with the team/coach and was charged then dropped for a domestic dispute in the past year. Bryant’s issues were in the past.

  42. BonnieD says: Mar 10, 2010 5:11 PM

    Chad is not second fiddle to anyone. You have angered the Who Dey Nation, Florio. Leave Chad alone.

  43. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Mar 10, 2010 5:20 PM

    Sorry but Bryant hasn’t done enough to warrant so much attention.
    NEXT!

  44. jlbay says: Mar 10, 2010 5:25 PM

    I am amazed that anyone would value Bryant at the same money as Boldin, that is crazy. Bryant has had 1 good season and 1 pretty good season mixed in with a bunch of under-achievement and off field issues. Boldin is not only a better, more consistent receiver, but by all accounts he is a great locker room leader.
    Also these lines are pretty damn funny:
    “By all appearances, the Bengals flirted with Terrell Owens . . . and possibly to leverage Bryant.”
    and
    “We also think . . . a possible run at Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall were aimed at knocking down the expectations . . . with whom the Bengals negotiated.”
    How exactly did you come to those conclusions, by the $28M contract they awarded to an average at best WR? Do you think anyone is going to pay Derrick Mason $7M/yr (for even 1 year) and compare him to Bryant over the past 3 years . . . Mason: 85 catches, 1,051 yards and 5.7Tds per season – Bryant 54 catches, 860 yards and 4.7 Tds per season. Bryant has exactly 2 season of greater than 1,000 yards, out of 7 seasons. Hell Mason has 7 – 1,000+ yard season out of the last 8.
    According to the conclusions you have drawn here, exactly how much do you think they would have paid Bryant had they not flirted with TO and Marshall?
    “We also think that internal discussions regarding . . . Brandon Marshall were aimed at knocking down the expectations . . . ”
    How exactly did a $7M/year contract for Bryant lead you to those conclusions? Do you think Derrick Mason is going to get a $7M/year (for any amount of years) contract . . . compare his stats over the last 3 years to Bryant’s: Mason 85 catches 1,051 yards and 5.67 TDs per year – Bryant 54 catches, 860 yards and 4.7 TDs per year.
    Bryant has had exactly 2 seasons out of his entire 8 year career with over a thousand yards, Mason has done that the past

  45. WhoPlaysWhere says: Mar 10, 2010 5:27 PM

    @Stillerz,
    If you can pull yourself together from all the crying you are doing, call your fat rapist quarterback on the telephone and ask him to put the Ho Ho down and sell the motorcycle.
    Should I keep going or are the three references in my last sentence to the QB in Pittsburgh being a fricking moron enough?
    Feel free to shoot back with more comments about how Carson is a respectable, low key guy. It really adds to the stupidness of your argument!

  46. FinFan says: Mar 10, 2010 5:42 PM

    Wow, all this money based on only one year… 2008
    its now 2010 i hope hes worth

  47. stan26 says: Mar 10, 2010 5:50 PM

    Bengals got snookered, plain and simple.
    Bryant has talent, but he is a junior version of TO. Me Me Me
    He wants the ball every play or he pouts or becomes a distraction in the locker room and heads to the media.
    Ask the teams he’s been with. And there are several.
    For a reason.

  48. stnmmc says: Mar 10, 2010 5:54 PM

    # BonnieD says: March 10, 2010 5:11 PM
    Chad is not second fiddle to anyone. You have angered the Who Dey Nation, Florio. Leave Chad alone.
    —————————–
    Be scared Florio, Who Dey nation is mad at you. If you’re not careful hey may write some mean things about you on your blog. Run while you still can.

  49. palewook says: Mar 10, 2010 6:09 PM

    “it instantly makes Ochocinco second fiddle in Cincinnati.”
    really?
    Making an assumption like that instantly makes the author second rate on PFT.

  50. andy88c says: Mar 10, 2010 6:11 PM

    Bryant is a deep threat while Boldin is not.
    It’s funny when the experts are all lauding this contract, while the peanut gallery is calling it a bad deal. It’s a great deal for Cincy…it’s the need they had to fill.

  51. Cincinnasty says: Mar 10, 2010 6:19 PM

    # stnmmc says: March 10, 2010 5:54 PM
    # BonnieD says: March 10, 2010 5:11 PM
    Chad is not second fiddle to anyone. You have angered the Who Dey Nation, Florio. Leave Chad alone.
    —————————–
    Be scared Florio, Who Dey nation is mad at you. If you’re not careful hey may write some mean things about you on your blog. Run while you still can.
    ________________
    Or have all the criminal’s on our team pull a bathroom assault him..

  52. BonnieD says: Mar 10, 2010 6:21 PM

    stnmmc says:
    Be scared Florio, Who Dey nation is mad at you. If you’re not careful hey may write some mean things about you on your blog. Run while you still can.
    That’s right, and we can say really mean things if we want to. :)

  53. Cincinnasty says: Mar 10, 2010 6:23 PM

    # stnmmc says: March 10, 2010 5:54 PM
    # BonnieD says: March 10, 2010 5:11 PM
    Chad is not second fiddle to anyone. You have angered the Who Dey Nation, Florio. Leave Chad alone.
    —————————–
    Be scared Florio, Who Dey nation is mad at you. If you’re not careful hey may write some mean things about you on your blog. Run while you still can.
    ________________
    Or have all the criminal’s on our team pull a bathroom assault him..

  54. BonnieD says: Mar 10, 2010 6:25 PM

    Stan26 says: Bengals got snookered, plain and simple.
    Bryant has talent, but he is a junior version of TO. Me Me Me
    He wants the ball every play or he pouts or becomes a distraction in the locker room and heads to the media.
    Ask the teams he’s been with. And there are several.
    For a reason.
    I’m a Bengals fan, but I fear you may be right. I think we overpaid for him, and I would rather have had TO and drafted a receiver high.

  55. BigCat71 says: Mar 10, 2010 6:48 PM

    Is this a good move by the Bengals? No, I believe it’s a GREAT move.
    I was leaning towards the Bengals as next year’s champs, but I’ve been unsure of what to make of Carson Palmer.
    Now, they get another quality receiver to complement Chad instead of getting that guy who would just make the circus tent bigger.
    This should make Palmer’s job much easier.
    I guess I’ll go with the Bengals to win the Super Bowl unless the Falcons make all the necessary upgrades.

  56. hitdog042 says: Mar 10, 2010 7:02 PM

    Pass protection logical improvement? Let’s see, they allowed the 9th fewest sacks as a team in the NFL. I really wish people here were at least semi intelligent.
    Not only did they do that, Andre Smith barely played at all.

  57. goetta-head says: Mar 10, 2010 7:11 PM

    andy88c
    You got it exactly.
    I hope Chad and he stay healthy.
    He will fit the role we need him for as long as hes healthy. Sometimes giving a guy some money makes him work up to the expectations, hopefully that is the case with Bryant. He wont pout on Marvins team. Some people fail to realize that recently Marvin has run a tight ship when it comes to team play and self sacrifice after the incidents in 06-08. Its why he was recognized as coach of the year imo. We have stable, responsible leadership in the team now and Bryant will fall in line if he wants to win.

  58. steelerfan9598 says: Mar 10, 2010 8:24 PM

    “Feel free to shoot back with more comments about how Carson is a respectable, low key guy. It really adds to the stupidness of your argument!”
    Yes, Carson Palmer is a ‘respectable, low key guy’. Seems like a great guy, without a doubt. Unfortunately for you, he is also grossly overrated and has yet to win a single playoff game.

  59. whodey says: Mar 10, 2010 9:22 PM

    I just love to hear from the witty intelligent steeler fans… where are they anyway?
    Hey Steelers, good luck with Randle El, what’s next, bringing back Kordel Stewart???
    Child Please!

  60. steelerfan9598 says: Mar 11, 2010 5:59 AM

    Hey, Kordell Stewart has won a playoff game. FYI -Steeler fans don’t usually comment on the Bengals because they are irrelevant. Although, they are the best NFL team in Ohio.

  61. shaunypoo says: Mar 11, 2010 7:13 AM

    Currently, they are the best NFL team in the AFC North.
    I think it was a good move, but I hope that he can end up proving that he is worth 7M/year. I would take TO as well, but only for about 1-2M/year, otherwise, he is not worth the headache. Bryant has problems as well, but if the Bengals can keep winning, that will take care of most of them. Hopefully they win a playoff game. They need to compete with the Ravens for the AFC North, otherwise, it is pretty wide open.

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