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Antonio Bryant's contract likely will keep him from getting cut

The Bengals’ suddenly rekindled interest in receiver Terrell Owens prompted some to wonder whether the team was having a case of buyer’s remorse regarding receiver Antonio Bryant, who was signed by Cincy not long after T.O. visited the team in March.

Though that may be the case, the Bengals likely won’t be dumping Bryant in the near future.  Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer points out that the team already has paid Bryant $7.85 million in signing, roster, and workout bonuses. 

Per NFLPA records, Bryant’s base salary is only $1.55 million for 2010; thus, cutting him won’t translate into any significant savings this year.

As to 2011, Bryant’s status depends on his performance this year, and whether Owens will return for a second season.  But Bryant definitely will be in jeopardy of being cut.  His base salary bumps up to $4.75 million.

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  1. crohrbaugh says: Jul 28, 2010 10:33 AM

    Uh, slow down, training camp hasn’t even started yet. Come on Florio, I usually hate the idiots on here that badmouth the writers, but this is just a tad bit early on this one. Even if he is banged up, TO gives the the ability to wait a couple of games.

  2. brownsfn19 says: Jul 28, 2010 10:35 AM

    Cincinnati to implode in 3….2….1…

  3. WhoDeySood5 says: Jul 28, 2010 10:35 AM

    i believe i also pointed out that exact figure in your last post about Antonio Bryant…..
    how about do a little more digging- Bryant is going anywhere, and will participate in practice tomorrow…..Why did you wait until midnight to post that Florio?!?! we all know you’re a hack, you don’t have to hide from us

  4. SeaOtter says: Jul 28, 2010 10:36 AM

    The Bryant signing was a huge error by the Bengals. They knew he had knee issues, but took a gamble anyway, and have now had it blow up in their faces. There’s no way they would have shown any interest in T.O. unless Bryant was limping badly. It’s a sad day when signing T.O. is actually viewed as a prudent move.
    Having said all that, the Bungles actually have a pretty deep, talented roster. If Carson Palmer can get his act together, Cincinnati could be a force.

  5. wrekOgnize says: Jul 28, 2010 10:40 AM

    The Bengals’ suddenly rekindled interest in receiver Terrell Owens prompted some to wonder whether the team was having a case of buyer’s remorse regarding receiver Antonio Bryant.
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    No it didn’t. They signed TO for one year. Bryant is the receiver of the future. Pay attention.

  6. jwill007 says: Jul 28, 2010 10:40 AM

    Lets see how he practices…and what he does in games…we have depth now so if he is hurt plugging in Shipley or Caldwell will be just fine….Also Gresham is going to get many balls in this offense

  7. paulnoga says: Jul 28, 2010 10:41 AM

    WOW!
    $7,850,000 dollars to not play. Bryant should get an OSCAR for his act as a healthy player. His agent should get one for best supporting actor.
    Either that or the Bengals should win the DARWIN award for stupidity. The team Doctor that approved Bryant should be immediately fired.

  8. REGGIEBUSH says: Jul 28, 2010 10:45 AM

    Everyone in the league knows that Antonio Bryant is a head case. What a wasted addition. T.O. will fit in very well.

  9. cavs2399 says: Jul 28, 2010 10:45 AM

    why would they even think about cutting him, maybe hes not gonna be what they thought, but hes still probably the third best reciever on the team.

  10. robert ethen says: Jul 28, 2010 10:50 AM

    It will likely keep him from being hungry as well. Along with the next 11 generations of his family.

  11. BengalsDouche2 says: Jul 28, 2010 10:51 AM

    I don’t get it. They signed T.O. for ONE YEAR Florio. Not for multiple years. T.O. was available and Mike knew he could get him cheap so he did it. That’s all it was. Nothing more. Don’t read too much into it. This gives Bryant time to not have to go out and play right away. If he can, great. If not, that’s fine too. Either way we still have one of the best receiving corps in the league w/o a doubt. Now we just have to hope Carson can get the ball to them.

  12. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jul 28, 2010 10:51 AM

    will Owens still wears #81 though? because Bryant took that number when he got signed

  13. shannscott2000 says: Jul 28, 2010 10:54 AM

    But the Bucs were being cheap when they let Bryant walk? Maybe they didn’t want to waste their money on a player with bad knees and attitude problems. Taste it, losers!

  14. Maddog says: Jul 28, 2010 11:03 AM

    WarrenMoonGOAT says:
    July 28, 2010 10:51 AM
    will Owens still wears #81 though? because Bryant took that number when he got signed
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    Wow, that’s a really good question. Will be interesting to see how both Owens and Bryant handle that.

  15. TheOne says: Jul 28, 2010 11:05 AM

    I think it would be dumb to cut him anyway. They should use all 3 WR’s, have Owens and Bryant deep with Chad over the middle. They could be just doing work!!
    Go Owens!!

  16. Spungy says: Jul 28, 2010 11:12 AM

    # Maddog says: July 28, 2010 11:03 AM
    WarrenMoonGOAT says:
    July 28, 2010 10:51 AM
    will Owens still wears #81 though? because Bryant took that number when he got signed
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    Wow, that’s a really good question. Will be interesting to see how both Owens and Bryant handle that.
    Well, they need to hurry up about it. I’ll get it and wear a Batman mask to games.

  17. LukePounda says: Jul 28, 2010 11:13 AM

    You wish Florio…As a Bengals fan I can tell you that you are 100% wrong! I actually follow the Bengals unlike you cause apparently you just think somthing and decide to type it without any kind of backing or research. I can’t believe you make fun of ESPN. They are on a whole other level at journalism then you and that’s not saying a whole lot.

  18. jwill007 says: Jul 28, 2010 11:13 AM

    HEY FLORIO and FANS HATIN,
    Read this from the Cincy Locker room….
    “I think it’s great,” Crocker said. “It just shows we’re trying to do everything, and it will add another piece to get us to the Super Bowl in Dallas in February. We have so many other guys on the team that have had question marks beside them as far as character is concerned, but our locker room is as strong as it gets. If T.O. is half of the player he was before he went to Buffalo, that’s going to be a great thing for us.”
    “There’s one common goal, and there’s not one person or one man who can divide our locker room,” Crocker said. “That’s to get to the Super Bowl. There’s enough strong personalities and we have enough strong leadership that we won’t allow a bunch of dissension. As long as you’re a good person and willing to show you’ll do right, that’s all that matters.
    “There are enough guys in the locker room where we police each other. Everybody has egos and strong personalities but we have guys who know how to take somebody to the side and talk to them about what’s going on. We don’t let things go. We handle issues in house and we take care of it and move on.”
    Chris Crocker reacts to Terrell Owens signing
    “So he definitely doesnt want to come up in there with the “2nd year with the Eagles” BS…..

  19. IrishDawg42 says: Jul 28, 2010 11:13 AM

    crohrbaugh says: July 28, 2010 10:33 AM
    “Even if he is banged up, TO gives the the ability to wait a couple of games.”
    I am in no way defending/bashing this article, but I think the bigger point is that roster cutdowns will be way before a couple of games.
    Bengals receivers:
    Already Bengals;
    Chad Ochocinco, Andre Caldwell, Maurice Pruify(CUT), Freddie Brown(2009 draft pick CUT), Quan Cosby(2009 UDFA CUT), Jerome Simpson(2008 2nd rd draft pick ?CUT?)
    Signed this offseason;
    Terrell Owens, Antonio Bryant, Matt Jones(?CUT)
    2010 draft picks;
    Jordan Shipley and Desmon Briscoe…assume neither get cut so…
    1.Chad
    2. Terrell
    3. Antonio
    4. Jordan
    5. Desmon
    Only one more spot left at most…
    Andre Caldwell?, Jerome Simpson?, Matt Jones?
    They will have to cut one or two players that they have invested in the future for…I think this is the more telling outcome of this article, that Bryant will be taking a spot from one of these young guys.

  20. Jungle Juice says: Jul 28, 2010 11:15 AM

    Uhhh they have no desire to cut Bryant. They are loading up because they feel like this is the best chance they have had since ’05 to get a ring.
    When they last went to the SB in ’88 they had 3 great receivers in Collinsworth, Eddie Brown and Tim McGee, a Probowl TE in Holman, two Prowbowl RBs in Brooks and Woods and a very good O-Line. The Defense had a good DB group. I think Brown is trying to recreate that and maybe take the prize this time.
    With our Defense and Running game the passing game doesn’t even have to be that great but with Gresham, Coffman, Shipley and the FA WRs it is starting to look pretty dang good.
    We are also getting Odom and Roy Williams back on D and Peko and Crocker appear to be healthy. We added Carlos Dunlap in the draft. Ranked #4 last year with those guys not here or missing a lot of time. We may jump even higher.
    @Brnsfn and other AFC North fans – keep wishin for that “implosion”.
    Plus, how do Ravens fans have room to talk? They added someone who killed a guy and another who griped his way off the team for more $$$ !!

  21. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Jul 28, 2010 11:15 AM

    i think i also remember reading earlier this summer that if the Bengals did sign Owens he would change his name to OchoUno

  22. Bomb's Bengals says: Jul 28, 2010 11:18 AM

    Florio, this is a cheap way to get hits on the site. Everyone knows the Bengals are the hottest team in the NFL. This is poppycock reporting.

  23. JoeSchmoe says: Jul 28, 2010 11:24 AM

    Bryant’s contract won’t allow him to be cut…
    But Matt Jones’ will…

  24. odell says: Jul 28, 2010 11:26 AM

    brownsfn19 says:
    July 28, 2010 10:35 AM
    Cincinnati to implode in 3….2….1…
    I’ve seen you post this probably 3 times now, and still no sign of Cincinnati imploding…
    Love the fact that all the haters are coming out now that the Bengals have three receivers that would be #1 receivers on most teams in the NFL… LOVE IT
    Keep giving all the hype to the Ravens they could use some encouragement due to them losing ed reed for the 1st 6 games with one of those games being against the Bengals, also due to them losing 2 other DBs, a DL who finally passed a physical…

  25. WelcomeToTheJungle says: Jul 28, 2010 11:26 AM

    FACT…. there has never been anything to suggest that the Bengals ever wanted to cut Antonio Bryant. This is slopppy journalism. Florio may fancy himself an NFL GM, but he is not one.
    FACT… the Bengals interest in T.O. was “rekindled” because they had the opportunity to get one of the most productive receivers of all time for $2mm. That is a no-brainer.
    Just report a story…don’t try to create one. You’re not a very good author.
    By the way……..Super Bowl.

  26. afogg0855 says: Jul 28, 2010 11:29 AM

    Bryant won’t get cut because he has talent… the whole reason they signed him in the first place… ? really man

  27. Airperuvian says: Jul 28, 2010 12:19 PM

    crohrbaugh says:
    July 28, 2010 10:33 AM
    Uh, slow down, training camp hasn’t even started yet. Come on Florio, I usually hate the idiots on here that badmouth the writers, but this is just a tad bit early on this one. Even if he is banged up, TO gives the the ability to wait a couple of games.
    ————————————————–
    I gotta agree with him on this one. Its way to early to even make any claim on this. He still has 4 years remaining and training camp only reports today and starts tomorrow. Wait till maybe half the season to bring this topic back up

  28. dkerr2233 says: Jul 28, 2010 12:22 PM

    I doubt Chad and T.O. are going to be happy if they’re doing all the work and Antonio Bryant is making as much as he is. T.O.’s gonna want a new contract by Holloween, hahahaha

  29. dkerr2233 says: Jul 28, 2010 12:26 PM

    Uhhh they have no desire to cut Bryant. They are loading up because they feel like this is the best chance they have had since ’05 to get a ring.
    When they last went to the SB in ’88 they had 3 great receivers in Collinsworth, Eddie Brown and Tim McGee, a Probowl TE in Holman, two Prowbowl RBs in Brooks and Woods and a very good O-Line. The Defense had a good DB group. I think Brown is trying to recreate that and maybe take the prize this time.
    With our Defense and Running game the passing game doesn’t even have to be that great but with Gresham, Coffman, Shipley and the FA WRs it is starting to look pretty dang good.
    We are also getting Odom and Roy Williams back on D and Peko and Crocker appear to be healthy. We added Carlos Dunlap in the draft. Ranked #4 last year with those guys not here or missing a lot of time. We may jump even higher.
    @Brnsfn and other AFC North fans – keep wishin for that “implosion”.
    Plus, how do Ravens fans have room to talk? They added someone who killed a guy and another who griped his way off the team for more $$$ !!
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    Did you just reference a team from 1988 as a blueprint for success in 2010? hahaha

  30. kendog says: Jul 28, 2010 12:33 PM

    This is the makeup post for the earlier one that said Bryant was going to get cut. Florio had to find someway to justify being wrong about the last one. By the way, How are you going to justify the “knee problem” when AB starts camp on the active list?

  31. DallasRavens says: Jul 28, 2010 12:37 PM

    You’re an idiot Florio. The league is going to the spread offense mentality. When you’re third receiver is either Antonio Bryant or T.O. you’re sitting pretty well.
    Look at the rest of the AFC North minus Cleveland. This move was simply to catch up to Baltimore and stay ahead of the Steelers in regards to the WR depth. nothing more, nothing less….

  32. JJV says: Jul 28, 2010 12:40 PM

    odell says: July 28, 2010 11:26 AM
    Love the fact that all the haters are coming out now that the Bengals have three receivers that would be #1 receivers on most teams in the NFL… LOVE IT
    Really? I understand supporting your team, but I am willing to bet there are LOTS of teams that would not want Owens or Bryant as their #1 receiver. Owens didn’t even reach 900 yards receiving last year and did not lead the team in TD’s. Bryant has injury issues and they both have character issues.
    Colts – Reggie Wayne
    Patriots – Randy Moss
    Texans – Andre Johnson
    Cardinals – Larry Fitzgerald
    Falcons – Roddy White
    Lions – Calvin Johnson
    Ealges – Deshawn Jackson
    Packers -Greg Jennings
    Vikings – Pervy Harvin
    Saints -Marques Colston
    49ers – Michael Crabtree
    Cowboys – Miles Austin
    Panthers – Steve Smith
    Chargers – Vincent Jackson
    Granted a few of these are debatable, but considering age, health, and character issues I think that the teams above are pretty content with their #1s.

  33. Daniel Riddle says: Jul 28, 2010 12:50 PM

    You forgot someone…
    Browns – Massaquoi

  34. jwill007 says: Jul 28, 2010 1:01 PM

    Crabtree???. Percy Smoke 1 or Smoke 2 Harvin??? Roddy White??? Dude come on….But keep lookin for something to use….If your team plays my team and they get their ass kicked dont come up with excuses man up and say ” we got our ass kicked” and dont be using the Refs as an excuse either….I hate that shit!

  35. IrishDawg42 says: Jul 28, 2010 1:03 PM

    # Daniel Riddle says: July 28, 2010 12:50 PM
    “You forgot someone…
    Browns – Massaquoi”
    You say this in jest, but they had a chance to sign both and didn’t…along with MOST other teams in the NFL who may have needed an improvement at wide receiver. It is “a little” telling.
    Who knows with the masterful talent evaluators of the Bengals, I’m sure we are all wrong and they are once again correct.

  36. JoeSchmoe says: Jul 28, 2010 1:06 PM

    LOL@ Browns – Massaquoi
    I think TO outperformed the entire Brown’s WR corps last year with Ryan Fitzpatrick tossing it to him.

  37. JJV says: Jul 28, 2010 1:20 PM

    # jwill007 says: July 28, 2010 1:01 PM
    Crabtree???. Percy Smoke 1 or Smoke 2 Harvin??? Roddy White??? Dude come on….But keep lookin for something to use….If your team plays my team and they get their ass kicked dont come up with excuses man up and say ” we got our ass kicked” and dont be using the Refs as an excuse either….I hate that shit!
    So you truly think Antonio Bryant is a #1 receiver. In his 8 tear career he has 30 TDs, that is less than 4/ year. He has had 2 1,oo0 yard seasons. He played in 13 games last year and caught 39 passes. Plus he has knee issues.
    I said that a few of the guys on my list were debatable, but I don’t think any of them would trade their #1 guy for Bryant. Especially given the youth of both Crabtree and Harvin.
    Crabtree played in fewer games and had more catches and yards than Bryant last year, as a rookie. It stands to reason that he will only improve on that. Few rookie receivers come in and have an immediate impact.
    Harvin also had more catches and yards than Bryant.
    White had 2,400 yards and 18 TDs last two seasons. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
    I still think most of those teams would stay away from Owens due to his age and character issues. The fact that no one else wanted to sign him I think proves my point.

  38. thedude says: Jul 28, 2010 1:42 PM

    # dkerr2233 says: July 28, 2010 12:26 PM
    Uhhh they have no desire to cut Bryant. They are loading up because they feel like this is the best chance they have had since ’05 to get a ring.
    When they last went to the SB in ’88 they had 3 great receivers in Collinsworth, Eddie Brown and Tim McGee, a Probowl TE in Holman, two Prowbowl RBs in Brooks and Woods and a very good O-Line. The Defense had a good DB group. I think Brown is trying to recreate that and maybe take the prize this time.
    With our Defense and Running game the passing game doesn’t even have to be that great but with Gresham, Coffman, Shipley and the FA WRs it is starting to look pretty dang good.
    We are also getting Odom and Roy Williams back on D and Peko and Crocker appear to be healthy. We added Carlos Dunlap in the draft. Ranked #4 last year with those guys not here or missing a lot of time. We may jump even higher.
    @Brnsfn and other AFC North fans – keep wishin for that “implosion”.
    Plus, how do Ravens fans have room to talk? They added someone who killed a guy and another who griped his way off the team for more $$$ !!
    ——————– ——————– —
    Did you just reference a team from 1988 as a blueprint for success in 2010? hahaha
    Yes he did, and he also copied and pasted an article from Geoff Hobson @ Bengals.com, at least credit him jwill.

  39. TheToolofTools says: Jul 28, 2010 1:49 PM

    Antonio Bryant is the new Chris Henry.

  40. WelcomeToTheJungle says: Jul 28, 2010 3:00 PM

    BOTTOM LINE…… the Bengals swept the division last year and handily won the AFC North. They’ve dramatically improved their offense with Bryant, Owens, Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley to run the Welker routes across the middle.
    Their Top-4 Defense from last year gets back a healthy Odom (NFL sack leader when he went down), Rey Maualuga, Roy Williams from injury. They also added college football’s best pass rusher last season in Dunlap.
    You tell me…. who’s the favorite?
    Getty up.

  41. thedude says: Jul 28, 2010 3:03 PM

    i swore i’d read dkerrs post, word for word somewhere else, but couldnt find it after posting… if i’m wrong, i apologize. and it wasn’t jwill that posted it either…. i’m an idiot, again, apologies.

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