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Hawks invite WR Antonio Bryant for tryout

Post by Eric Williams on June 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm with 11 Comments »
June 11, 2012 8:53 pm
Wide receiver Antonio Bryant with San Francisco in 2006. (AP File photo)

First reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, I can confirm that veteran receiver Antonio Bryant will take a physical and get a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks during the team’s minicamp this week, which begins on Tuesday.

Bryant joins linebacker Brian Banks, who begins his tryout with Seattle on Wednesday.

Bryant, 31, has been out of football for two seasons. His last full season was with Tampa Bay in 2009.

After his stint with the Bucs, Bryant signed a free agent deal with Cincinnati, but never played a down for the Bengals and ended up being released before the start of the season because of lingering knee issues.

Even though he did not play in 2010, Bryant still received $8 million in guaranteed money from the four-year deal he signed with the Bengals.

If healthy, Bryant (6-1, 211 pounds) could provide a big, physical body on the perimeter for the Seahawks, competing with Mike Williams, Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette for reps at split end.

Seattle currently has 13 receivers on the roster. Williams (ankle), Durham (shoulder) and Sidney Rice (shoulder) all are recovering from offseason surgeries.

Like Williams two years ago, Bryant could be another reclamation project for Seattle.

A second-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2002 draft out of Pittsburgh, Bryant played three seasons with the Cowboys before being traded to Cleveland in 2004 for receiver Quincy Morgan.

Bryant played two seasons in Cleveland before becoming a free agent, signing a four year, $14 million deal with San Francisco in 2006.

But Bryant reportedly clashed with head coach Mike Nolan, and was released after the 2007 season.

Bryant signed for the league minimum with Tampa Bay in 2008 and had his best season, leading the team with 83 receptions for 1,248 yards and seven touchdowns.

But he followed that up in 2009 with 39 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns, only starting in 11 games because of a knee issue.

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NFL free agency, Tryouts
Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. What about Koren Robinson? I’m sure he’d like a tryout too. He had a great season in 2002 — 78 receptions, 1240 yards. He’s only 32 years old. If healthy, Robinson(6-1, 205 pounds) could provide a big, physical body on the perimeter for the Seahawks, competing with Mike Williams, Kris Durham and Ricardo Lockette for reps at split end.

  2. Soggybuc says:

    This is all about a Psych move to press the young guys to step it up. he will never make the 53 or camp.

  3. I most remember Bryant for going psycho on Parcells in Dallas (and earning his ticket out of town – not that some of us wouldn’t probably have words for him, too). I’ve never heard a good word about him with respect to being a person, but there are many meathead stories. Bring him in, kick the tires, and then kick him back to the curb.

  4. Hammajamma says:

    I presume the dude passed a physical and his knee issues are manageable. Simply more PC position churn at the bottom of the depth chart. If cream rises, that’s great. If not, you’ve got a training camp vet applying a little pressure. This is Alex Baron, the sequel.

  5. Well said Hammajamma. I’ve always liked this guys potential as “baby T.O.” Hope he pushes Lockette up.

  6. I think its great that Carrol is giving the guy a chance. Two years of no football, just ongoing rehab is rough: Im sure it humbled Bryant. And Lord knows, that dude needed humbling. And what harm can it do?

    THough I must say, unless Bryant is awesome in his tryout, I dont want him making the team. Even with BMW hurt and a non-factor, we have a logjam at WR, even if we dont count on Rice to be worth a damn. We have Tate and Baldwin, and Tate is ready to breakout IMO, we have Obomanu as the backup to all positions, we have Durham and Lockette at split end, and promising youngsters to check out like Kearse and the tall guy from Oregon. Also there’s also that rookie Philip Bates or whatever, who has been impressive. And dont forget Deion Butller, who many say has been the star WR so far this offseason.

    I would hate to see Bryant kept and one or two young guys get away and do well elsewhere. Then again, if Bryant is 80% of what he was pre-injury as a player, he’s worth bringing through camp at least.

    Actually, Alex Barron has a far better shot of making the team than Antonio Bryant. And we wont know how much of a shot they have unless and until we seem them play in preseason games with pads.

    This method of Carrols to bring in everyone and anyone that might help the team no matter what position is a refreshing change from Holmgren and Ruskell keeping thier aging veterans firmly entrenched until they dropped dead in thier traces….

  7. I remember Bryant getting more wide open than Ive ever seen another WR do…then dropping a perfect pass from Derek Anderson 60 yards downfield..with no defender within 6 yards of him…just sick. And this happened twice in one Monday Night game…

  8. Or Maybe Im confusing him with another Diva WR…but he dropped way more than his fair share, thats for sure.

  9. Mea Culpa; that Monday Night game was in 2007 or 2008 with the Browns, so it wasnt Bryant. Perhaps it was our own reclamation project, Kellen Winslow. I think it was a wideout though…

  10. Sarcasticus says:

    This is for those that think Carroll’s “always compete” mantra is simply lip-service. No one on the team (well maybe ET) can get complacent.

  11. PixelDummy says:

    @STTBM – Braylon Edwards, I think I remember that game too.

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