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Bengals bounce Antonio Bryant

For the second straight year, the Cincinnati Bengals have wasted a bunch of money on a free-agent receiver.

Coincidentally, both men find themselves on the open market on the same afternoon.

Less than an hour ago, the Jets cut Laveranues Coles, who received $9.7 million for one season of football in Cincinnati.  As it turns out, Antonio Bryant received $7.85 million for zero seasons.

The team has announced today the decision to part ways with Bryant.

Signed in March to a four-year, $28 million deal after back-to-back visits from Bryant and Terrell Owens, the Bengals avoided throwing $3 million in good money after $7.85 million in bad by dumping Bryant.

The good news for the Bengals?  They won’t have to worry about Bryant getting upset by not getting enough passes.  And they won’t have to worry about T.O. complaining about the amount of production he’s generating on a base salary of only $2 million in comparison to what would have been more than $10 million to Bryant. 

As a vested veteran, Bryant becomes an unrestricted free agent.  He has earned nearly $18 million in less than a year; with that kind of cash in the bank, it remains to be seen whether he’ll be ready to play in 2010 for something closer to the veteran minimum.

The Bengals also announced the release of long snapper Mike Windt, who made far less than $7.85 million this year.  They also placed safety Gibril Wilson on injured reserve.

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40 Responses to “Bengals bounce Antonio Bryant”
  1. FinFan68 says: Aug 29, 2010 1:27 PM

    Cue the Vikings…if he is actually able to play

  2. Cougar Hunter says: Aug 29, 2010 1:29 PM

    Who’s in charge of the Bengals medical staff, Dr. Nick?

  3. JetsPlayersAreThugs says: Aug 29, 2010 1:29 PM

    Good he’s a bum anyways

  4. Oz Eagle says: Aug 29, 2010 1:32 PM

    $18 million in one year for a guy that hasn’t really done much at all in his career. Might be something the owners will bring up when it’s time to negotiate a new deal with the players.

  5. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Aug 29, 2010 1:33 PM

    The Bengals anticipated this, and are already knee-deep in trade discussions with the Rams for WR Donnie Avery.

  6. WelcomeToTheJungle says: Aug 29, 2010 1:36 PM

    Eveyrone will jump on here with negative postings…. bottom line, it doesn’t matter.
    Carson Palmer last night: 9-11, 2 TD.
    This offense is STACKED.
    SWEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. osnap305 says: Aug 29, 2010 1:36 PM

    Oh my god Al Davis get him now.

  8. clintcooper says: Aug 29, 2010 1:37 PM

    Methinks the Vikings might be interested…

  9. Florioisanidiot1 says: Aug 29, 2010 1:38 PM

    financially, a mess for the Bengals. On the football field, he had become a luxury with the emergence of Gresham and Shipley to go along with TO and Ocho.
    Would have been nice to have him, but this passing game is still scary dangerous even without him.

  10. RedskinOne says: Aug 29, 2010 1:38 PM

    ouch, for a tight organization like the Bengals to eat the 8m he must be a real turd, he will sign with the cowboys by monday.

  11. oraclepz says: Aug 29, 2010 1:39 PM

    wow.. Antonio made out like a bandit!!!

  12. djeg07 says: Aug 29, 2010 1:42 PM

    this ‘poor’ bastard never gets to stick around. how many teams? how many missed years? he aint bad except when his head gets too big. but then again having not to play and walk away with millions its easy to get big headed

  13. Hooby says: Aug 29, 2010 1:47 PM

    see; DeAngelo Hall
    poor bastard got supplanted by TO. maybe if he was more obnoxious and cocky like the mean over there in cincy, he would have gained marv lewis’s favor. my money says st. louis gets him

  14. edgy1957 says: Aug 29, 2010 1:48 PM

    No matter how you slice it, once TO made the team, there’s no way that Bryant overshadows him – healthy or not. When he’s healthy, Bryant’s a decent receiver but even given the age difference, he’s still not as good at TO. The only one who would have been unhappy would have been Bryant and this works out great for him because there are teams that are desperate and they may be willing to pick him up and give him a few weeks to show his stuff on a veteran’s minimum with incentives.

  15. Skinsfan says: Aug 29, 2010 1:49 PM

    Redskins will be calling. Or should be.

  16. Winninugly says: Aug 29, 2010 1:54 PM

    I bet Coles lands in Miami. He is good friends with Pennington(although penn doesn’t start) I give him 48 hours. He will be a dolphin and wearing #83 (camarillos old number) watch and see. GO MIAMI!!

  17. if yer not first... says: Aug 29, 2010 2:02 PM

    they won’t have to worry about T.O. complaining about the amount of production he’s generating on a base salary of only $2 million in comparison to what would have been more than $10 million to Bryant
    No, maybe not, but TO’s always gonna have that lingering voice in his head that’s telling him “you could’ve had me back in March for a hell of a lot less than the 7 mil you just blew for that douche. But YOU CHOSE BRYANT OVER ME”
    That kind of thinking messes with some peeps heads.

  18. 7370355q$ says: Aug 29, 2010 2:08 PM

    @WelcomeToTheJungle
    If you think anybody is going to sweep the afc north especially your team after you just released your big offseason acquisition, you’re crazy the afc north is too balanced.

  19. Unnamed Source says: Aug 29, 2010 2:16 PM

    the bengals medical staff should be bounced right behind him. Did they just take his word that he was healthy??

  20. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Aug 29, 2010 2:19 PM

    Where are all the Bengals fans that jumped down Florio’s throat for suggesting AB would get cut, weeks ago??
    Maybe you idiots should shut your mouth and listen.
    LOL…
    Good Move Mark Dominik…letting this guy go…

  21. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Aug 29, 2010 2:23 PM

    Here’s one of the idiots:
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    TheRedBengal says: July 27, 2010 6:03 PM
    You PFT guys make more stuff up than Chris Mortenson. The Bengals aren’t even remotely considering releasing Bryant. Why would they sign him to a 4 year deal and release him before he even plays a game?
    Quit stirring the pot, and actually do some investigative journalism

  22. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Aug 29, 2010 2:24 PM

    And another idiot:
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    ochostinko says: July 27, 2010 6:38 PM
    I agree with TheRedBengal. How many times did we read where your “sources” told you Tom Cable was getting fired? Or Tom Brady was going to sit out during training camp?
    Quit making shit up.

  23. Hosstyle In Tampa says: Aug 29, 2010 2:27 PM

    This Red Bengal guy is a real idiot:
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    TheRedBengal says: July 28, 2010 8:50 AM
    Again, Florio, you’re making up stuff.
    Mike Brown isn’t looking to release Bryant. Why would they? Even if he needs more time to heal this media hyped knee problem, why would they then release him? He’s locked up for 4 years, TO is here for this year only. Not to mention, the Bengals will have the best 3 receivers in the league on the field at once every game this year.

  24. oruacat2 says: Aug 29, 2010 2:34 PM

    Even a blind squirrel finds the occasional nut.

  25. jimmy_b says: Aug 29, 2010 2:38 PM

    WelcomeToTheJungle says: August 29, 2010 1:36 PM
    Eveyrone will jump on here with negative postings…. bottom line, it doesn’t matter.
    I bet spending nearly $16 million on two WRs who did not pan out matters a lot to Mike Brown.
    As long as Mike is calling the shots in Cincinnati the Bengals will never be a competitive franchise year-in and year-out.

  26. VoxVagina says: Aug 29, 2010 2:56 PM

    He’s a bum. He was possibly one of the most unmotivated receivers I have seen in a while. Had the talent and not the heart. The Bengals deserve this for knowing his reputation and throwing cash at him anyway

  27. TBTrojan says: Aug 29, 2010 2:59 PM

    Where are all the commetns to say that maybe, just maybe the Bucs were right to let this guy walk even while they had nothing at the wideout position.
    They were called cheap and the other usual garbage but now all I hear are crickets.

  28. air_rodgers says: Aug 29, 2010 3:13 PM

    I hope the viking get him. They’ll have no excuse on Sep 9 when they get thrashed by the saints. Thats gonna be a long day for bert

  29. Nola North says: Aug 29, 2010 3:38 PM

    Hosstyle In Tampa says:
    August 29, 2010 2:24 PM
    And another idiot:
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    ochostinko says: July 27, 2010 6:38 PM
    I agree with TheRedBengal. How many times did we read where your “sources” told you Tom Cable was getting fired? Or Tom Brady was going to sit out during training camp?
    Quit making shit up.
    Who’s Tom Brady! I think u mean mike Brady looser!

  30. Kzoo says: Aug 29, 2010 3:46 PM

    Hopefully we all get to watch Bryant mimic the career collapse of Javon Walker….. wearing Black and Silver

  31. Ray Ray is soft says: Aug 29, 2010 4:30 PM

    Anybody see Shipley…number 11. He is a beast so far. Have in the welker role in the slot. As a Redskins fan I’m jealous…lol good move….SWWWWEEEEEEPPPPPP

  32. King Buccaneer says: Aug 29, 2010 4:30 PM

    I couldn’t believe the amount of money AB was given in the offseason, especially being damaged goods for basically his entire career.
    He quit on our rookie QB, and rookie coaches last year. Then the Bengals give him $17 million without even putting on the damn uniform. Wow. Sh1t I could have at least acted like I cared for the rookie minimum. I LOL’d at the entire Bungal organization.

  33. FinFan68 says: Aug 29, 2010 5:09 PM

    Shipley is their best receiver. Bryant essentially made over 7,000,000 for….1 stinkin’ practice. WOW!!! That is worse than what the Raiders did with Jamarcus “purple drank” Russell

  34. stan26 says: Aug 29, 2010 5:54 PM

    Dominik doesn’t look so bad in this deal, especially after all the crap he took for not re-signing him.

  35. PFTspellchecker says: Aug 29, 2010 6:39 PM

    Okay. All you guys are right. It’s a bad signing. We messed up. We cut the bait. We got off the pot. We made dumb decisions. I understand what you guys are saying. We hear you guys loud and clear telling us how awful this one was. With that being said, shut the hell up, everyone.

  36. 7370355q$ says: Aug 29, 2010 6:56 PM

    @Ray Ray is soft
    A #3 rookie receiver will lead to a division sweep? What mental state are you in?

  37. OchoUno81 says: Aug 29, 2010 7:27 PM

    Who really cares? It’s Mike’s money and it was Mike’s mistake. I’m proud he was smart enough to let him go. The old Mike would have kept this guy and cut a much more deserving player to save face. Who knew our receiving corps would be this deep? It was an eight million dollar insurance policy that never paid out. Oh well.
    BTW – I prefered T.O. from the getgo. But it’s not like we missed out on anything by signing Bryant. Just a costly error by a rich man.

  38. OLDCRACKER says: Aug 29, 2010 7:57 PM

    osnap305 says:
    August 29, 2010 1:36 PM
    Oh my god Al Davis get him now.
    Best note of the day…right up Weird Al’s alley.

  39. shaunypoo says: Aug 30, 2010 11:49 AM

    OchoUno81 says:
    August 29, 2010 7:27 PM
    Who really cares? It’s Mike’s money and it was Mike’s mistake. I’m proud he was smart enough to let him go. The old Mike would have kept this guy and cut a much more deserving player to save face. Who knew our receiving corps would be this deep? It was an eight million dollar insurance policy that never paid out. Oh well.
    BTW – I prefered T.O. from the getgo. But it’s not like we missed out on anything by signing Bryant. Just a costly error by a rich man.
    ————————————————-
    This

  40. IckeyShuffled says: Aug 31, 2010 2:04 AM

    Hey jimmy_b love how the Bengals have gone from never being a competitive franchise to one that will never be consistently competitive.
    Next step I guess will be never win a Superbowl? Maybe play-off game?

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