Antonio Bryant may never play for the Bengals

Five months after the Bengals signed free agent wide receiver Antonio Bryant, talk continues that Bryant will never play a down in Cincinnati.

The latest news comes from Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, who reports that the Bengals could reach an injury settlement with Bryant, who practiced on the first day of training camp but has been sidelined since because of his lingering left knee injury.

The Bengals already have paid Bryant $7.85 million in signing, roster, and workout bonuses. It’s not clear what the financial terms of the injury settlement would be.

But it is clear that the Bengals are starting to regret signing Bryant to that four-year, $28 million contract. In the months since Bryant signed, Terrell Owens has arrived to play alongside Chad Ochocinco, and rookies Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham looked good in the preseason opener.

There may not be any room for Bryant in Cincinnati.

26 responses to “Antonio Bryant may never play for the Bengals

  1. I’m still trying to figure out how the hell he got drafted onto my Fantasy League!
    I seen this coming weeks ago.

  2. I can’t believe our front office is really incompetent to the point that they just hand our millions and millions to guys that may never wear stripes in a regular season game..

  3. I think the Bucs brass are looking smarter by the second,Bryant is a joke.No work ethic never has just put a front for a year.Fooled most

  4. And to think they actually gave this dude the same money that the Ravens gave Boldin. They severly overpaid for him and now they will reap what they sow.

  5. I can’t believe our front office is really incompetent to the point that they just hand our millions and millions to guys that may never wear stripes in a regular season game..
    ______________________
    We dont have a front office we just have mike brown

  6. Cincinnasty says:
    August 16, 2010 8:35 PM
    I can’t believe our front office is really incompetent to the point that they just hand our millions and millions to guys that may never wear stripes in a regular season game..
    ++++++++++++++++++
    The front office sure is good handing out money to guys that have worn and will again wear stripes outside of the NFL though.
    Somebody explain to me again how the Bucs NOT signing Antonio Bryant showed how cheap they are.

  7. @jonz76
    For the fans that live and pay taxes in the area and attend games yes it is OUR money and dont get it twisted.

  8. Shut up Bengal fans. First it was, “Bitch bitch, Mike Brown doesn’t spend money.” Now it’s, “Why did he waste money on Bryant?” This is no different than if Bryant had blown up his knee in training camp. If his knee IS going to put him out for an extended period of the regular season, then put his ass on IR and go with whatcha got.
    But Jesus Christ Florio, understand this freaking concept about him signing a 4 year deal! It wasn’t a one or two year deal. If you do a little homework, you’ll see that Chad has an option for next year. Other than Chad, they don’t have anyone with solid WR numbers in this league under contract for next year.
    Cut the crap.

  9. @Bro Jackson
    I am a Bengals season tickets holder and live in the area. It is Mike’s money to spend not mine and not yours. Not getting anything twisted. And the taxes don’t pay for the players just the stadium.
    I don’t always agree with his decisions but it is still his money to spend.
    Didnt like the Bryant signing from the start.

  10. @Bro Jackson
    I am a Bengals season tickets holder and live in the area. It is Mike’s money to spend not mine and not yours. Not getting anything twisted. And the taxes don’t pay for the players just the stadium.
    I don’t always agree with his decisions but it is still his money to spend.
    Didnt like the Bryant signing from the start.

  11. This makes the T.O. signing all the more important. I have a feeling the Carson Palmer and T.O. are going to become fast friends.
    GO STEELERS!

  12. Should have gone after a o lineman… ANY o lineman.
    I feel bad for Palmer, he deserves better than the Bengals.

  13. Everybody knew his knees are bad, have been for a couple years. They should have signed TO to a two year deal when they signed Bryant. Actually, what they should have done was drafted Dez Bryant.
    Maybe they went with Bryant because of all the bad press they get for too many malcontents?

  14. Give me one reason why they shouldn’t keep him on the roster as no 3 or 4?
    They won’t save much money, and they can cut him after the season.
    After all, he had the most amazing catch of the past years for the Bucs.

  15. How did he pass a physical when just about everyone knew he had a knee problem?
    Maybe Mike needs to hire a decent doctor.

  16. “Chuck Norris says: August 16, 2010 10:31 PM
    Everybody knew his knees are bad, have been for a couple years. They should have signed TO to a two year deal when they signed Bryant. Actually, what they should have done was drafted Dez Bryant. ”
    Jermaine Gresham > Dez Bryant
    They got that one right.

  17. No one has mentioned how smooth Bryant was in hiding this injury during the signing. That’s two times this has happened to the Bengals. I still believe Andre Smith’s foot was injured prior to his signing.

  18. It’s ironic that Mike Brown and the Bengals are roundly criticized for not spending money, then when they do it blows up in their face.

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