The Seattle Seahawks added depth to its unproven wide receiver unit by signing Bryant.|||||||
The team announced the signing on Thursday night. The Seahawks report for training camp on Friday with the first practice scheduled for Saturday morning. Bryant had a tryout with the Seahawks during June's minicamp. Coach Pete Carroll said he didn't feel Bryant was in football shape then and wanted to see if the veteran could get himself ready in the month between the June tryout and training camp.
The Bengals have released Bryant, who got a four-year, $28 million deal in March but has been sidelined by a bad knee during training camp.|||||||
The Bengals chose Bryant over receiver Terrell Owens in March, thinking he was a better complement to receiver Chad Ochocinco. Bryant had surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee last year, and it began bothering him over the summer. The Bengals signed Owens at the start of camp, giving them another option. Bryant didn't appear in any of the four preseason games.
Bryant won't play in the Cincinnati Bengals' preseason opener because of his bad knee.|||||||
Bryant has been limited at training camp because his left knee isn't completely healthy. Bryant had surgery on it a year ago. The Bengals signed him to a four-year, $28 million deal in the offseason, but aren't sure when he will be able to play. Coach Marvin Lewis said on Thursday that Bryant will sit out the annual Hall of Fame game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
Bryant's agent said the receiver and the Cincinnati Bengals were "very close" to an agreement on Wednesday, a move that would likely preclude the addition of Terrell Owens. For the second year in a row, the Bengals are trying to find a complement for Chad Ochocinco, the only receiver with appreciable experience on the roster. Ochocinco has lobbied to get Owens, who was in town on Wednesday to meet team officials.|||||||
Bryant visited a day earlier and left without a deal in place. Agent Lamont Smith didn't return a phone call on Wednesday, but told the team's Web site that the sides were "very close" to a deal. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Bryant would get a four-year, $28 million contract. The 29-year-old receiver had career highs with 83 catches for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns with Tampa Bay in 2008.
Bryant caught three passes for 91 yards and a TD in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Atlanta.|||||||
Bryant had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during training camp and has been hampered by the injury all season.