Cincinnati Bengals Cut Antonio Bryant: What Does It All Mean?

August 29, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Cincinnati Bengals found themselves in the midst of one of the strangest transactions of the offseason today as they cut ties with wide receiver Antonio Bryant.
The team originally signed Bryant to a four-year, $28 million contract in March after releasing wide receiver Laveranues Coles earlier in the offseason. Coles had actually been signed to an almost identical contract just the year before, but failed to live up to expectations.
Bengals management hoped that Bryant could fill the gap left by the departure of T.J. Houshmandzadeh as the No. 2 receiver. A pretty reasonable move, considering that he put up over 1,200 yards in 2008 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
There was just one problem: Antonio Bryant wasn't healthy.
Bryant struggled with injuries during the 2009 season and had to have surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee.
The Bengals took a gamble, hoping that his knee would be fully healed in time for the start of practice. Unfortunat...

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