If/when healthy, interest in Antonio Bryant could be high

Receiver Antonio Bryant has suddenly arrived on the free-agent market with a thud loud enough to get the attention of plenty of teams that need players to catch passes.

As we understand it, Bryant’s plan is to get his bum knee to 100 percent, and then to pick his next team.

If/when that happens, plenty of teams should be interested, depending on his asking price.  In 2008, Bryant caught 83 passes for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns under the tutelage of Jon Gruden.

This could make Bryant attractive to Browns president Mike Holmgren, whom some believe is eyeballing Gruden as a possible replacement for Eric Mangini in 2011.  Other teams that arguably need a high-end wideout include the Titans, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Chargers, Redskins, Bears, Vikings, Bucs, Cardinals, and Rams.  Given that the Seahawks are (were) interested in Vincent Jackson, they also could be interested in Bryant.

If Bryant can’t get himself to 100 percent before the regular-season starts, don’t be surprised if he files an injury grievance against the Bengals.  Even if Bryant was injured when he signed with the team (apparently, the same doctors who recommended Daunte Culpepper over Drew Brees to the Dolphins in 2006 now work for the Bengals), a player cannot be cut without compensation if he is injured.  And so an arbitration proceeding could be held to determine the amount of money that the Bengals owe Bryant, based on the number of weeks that pass until he can pass a physical with a new team.

The Bengals likely would claim that they cut Bryant now in the hopes of giving him a chance to land with a new team.  And that’s probably true — especially since they’ll avoid any further financial liability to Bryant if he signs elsewhere before the start of the regular season.

29 responses to “If/when healthy, interest in Antonio Bryant could be high

  1. Its not really complete reporting when you don’t include the date that Bryant is aiming for to return to the NFL.

  2. the bengals really shot themselves in the foot with this one. everyone knows there werent going to be many suitors for T.O. why did they go and overpay antonio bryant?

  3. Didn’t the Bungles already pay him $8M, or some ghastly amount? You suggest that he has the right to sue them for an injury settlement besides. If this is the case, suing the Bungles might do Bryant’s career more harm than good. If I were a GM, I wouldn’t want an attitude like that in my locker room.
    Money for nuthin’ & your chix for free!

  4. All you Bengals fans jumped down Florio’s throat for suggesting that AB would go on the PUP list or even get cut.
    Here’s one of the idiots now:
    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.

  5. You mentioned 13 of 32 teams that could be interested. Thanks for narrowing it down haha

  6. Why aren’t the Panthers on your list of teams that could use him? They don’t have a true no. 2 receiver.

  7. “Given that the Seahawks are (were) interested in Vincent Jackson, they also could be interested in Bryant.”
    Pete Carroll might want to take a look at him for a REASONABLE price.

  8. Who cares. Hes a has been.
    His average year so far as an NFL player is 53 catches 812 yards and 4.29 TDs Hes average ..he had 2 good seasons. You can say its because hes hurt. Fine..but thats what your going to get. Hes a 2nd on some teams 3rd on most. Hes Joey Galloway. Who cares

  9. If Bryant can’t get himself to 100 percent before the regular-season starts, don’t be surprised if he files an injury grievance against the Bengals.
    Yeah, because the Bengals really screwed him over; what with that whole $8M dollars-for-zero-games deal. Poor Bryant.

  10. “The guys a stud when healthy. No doubt about that.”
    urrhh.. so he’s been healthy 2 seasons in a 9 year career?

  11. “If/when healthy, interest in Antonio Bryant could be high”
    There’s a sucker born every minute.
    P.T. Barnum (1810-1891)

  12. @9erdyn
    No doubt! Completely decimated and zero depth on the O line, the Seahawks will always choose a WR or “pass rusher” first. Even if it’s some practice squad scrub.

  13. Didn’t the Browns ship Bryant to San Francisco for Ken Dorsey some years back?…. Man that’s as lopsided a trade as Denver giving up Peyton Hillis for Brady Quinn.

  14. If he goes after them for more $$ when he got paid 8 million for 0 games, he deserves to get a beatdown every day of his life from there on out.
    Signed a non bengals fan

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