The release of WR Antonio Bryant less than six months after signing him to a contract that reportedly paid him close to $7 million in his short time with the club contrasts sharply with the fortuitous decision to sign Terrell Owens to a one-year, $2 million contract in July. The 36-year-old Owens, who can make another $2 million in incentives, still possesses playmaking ability, as he has shown this summer. Even with the Bryant signing failing to pan out, the Bengals' pass-catching corps is stronger than it was a season ago, with promising rookies TE Jermaine Gresham and WR Jordan Shipley, like Owens, proving good fits in Bob Bratkowski's offense. Looking forward, with Owens slated to be a free agent, more help for the passing game could be sought next offseason — which could include yet another plunge into free agency for veteran targets for Carson Palmer, suggests one source close to the team.
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