And another one bites the dust. Three weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks released wide receiver Mike Williams.
Then last Tuesday the team picked up Braylon Edwards following several months on the open market.
And now Antonio Bryant, who signed with Seattle in late July following a June minicamp tryout in which he wasn’t deemed to be in football shape has been cut from the club, Curtis Crabtree of KJR Radio reports on Sunday.
Selected in the second round (63rd overall) out of the University of Pittsburgh by the Dallas Cowboys in 2002, Bryant racked up 44 receptions for 733 yards and six scores in 16 games (15 starts) in his first season in Big D.
His second season was less-than-impressive, starting in just five games (appeared in every game) with 39 catches for 550 yards and two touchdowns. He was sent packing early in his third year in a trade to the Cleveland Browns after getting in trouble with the coaching staff and making only 16 receptions for 266 yards in five games (one start).
In 10 games (seven starts), Bryant collected 42 catches for 546 yards and four scores for the Browns in 2004.
For the first time in his career, he put up a thousand-yard season in his first full season in Cleveland, where he appeared in every game with 15 starts and made 69 catches for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns in 2005 before becoming a free agent.
The 6-1, 211-pound wide out signed a four-year, $19 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2006. After clashes with coach Mike Nolan and making just 40 receptions for 733 yards and 3 TDs, he was cut in March of 2007.
After being reinstated by the league following a failed drug test, Bryant was brought in by the Bucs for the league minimum in March of 2008, when he finally earned his money, and then some.
In 16 games (15 starts), he hauled in 83 receptions for 1,248 yards with seven touchdowns in ’08.
He was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ leading receiver that year and also accumulated nine catches for 200 yards with two touchdowns in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football. However, after receiving the franchise tag in February 2009, Bryant experienced another disappointing (and injury-plagued) campaign.
He caught just 39 passes for 600 yards and four scores in 13 games (11 starts) in 2009 before being cut by the Buccaneers. The Miami, FL native signed a four-year deal worth $28 million with the Cincinnati Bengals in March 2010.
Once again, he failed to live up to his big contract, as a knee injury ended his short tenure in Cincinnati during training camp. Bryant, 31, was out of football last season before the Seahawks came calling. He will now once again hit the open market.
The good news for teams looking to add a veteran receiver is if they offer Bryant the league minimum, he may actually do really well. But if that happens, think twice before offering him more money. He doesn’t seem to have a good track record when he get paid big bucks.
Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer and the Founder, CEO of GridironGrit.com. He also writes for RantPolitical.com, where he reports on topics across all sides of the political spectrum and analyzes important issues in the liberty movement. Follow @_MichaelGartman, @RantPolitical and @GridironGrit on Twitter!