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By PFW staff

The Bengals cut arguably one of the worst free-agent signings in franchise history Sunday by terminating the contract of WR Antonio Bryant.

Bryant signed a four-year, $28 million contract in the offseason with nearly $8 million guaranteed and never played a game for the Bengals. He passed his physical on the first day of training camp, despite a lingering knee problem. That kept the Bengals from placing him on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Cincinnati could have placed him on injured reserve, but waited to see if he would get healthy, which he did not. The Bengals will end up paying Bryant $7.85 million for playing zero games.

Luckily, Cincinnati has plenty of depth at wideout, with Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens as starters. The Bengals signed Bryant instead of Owens back in March. Rookie WR Jordan Shipley has impressed this offseason as well.

Bryant, an eight-year veteran, had his best year in 2008 with Tampa Bay. He had 83 receptions for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns. He only had 39 catches for 600 yards and four touchdowns in 2009 while battling his knee injury.

The Bengals also announced that they have placed S Gibril Wilson on injured reserve. Wilson suffered a knee injury against Philadelphia on Aug. 20th.


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