Bengals wide receiver Antonio Bryant is an early favorite for the most disappointing free agent signing of 2010, having already received $7.85 million from the Bengals despite a knee injury that could mean he never plays for the team.
But Bryant says he’s improving and still hoping to be on the field for the Bengals in the regular-season opener.
“Time is only running out if you’re not making progress and I’ve been able to progress and do things I wasn’t able to do,” Bryant told Bengals.com. “It’s been encouraging and made me a little anxious. . . . We’re getting there. We’re getting really close.”
But even if Bryant is healthy enough to play by Week One, it’s possible that the Bengals will decide to cut him because he’ll be guaranteed $3 million if he makes the Week One roster. Even if Bryant says he’s close, the Bengals may look at his $3 million salary as throwing good money after bad.